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    The top overlooked technologies your dental practice should be thinking about

    Embracing these technologies could make a big difference in your dental practice.

    Microsoft did an interesting study a few years ago. The company had decided to upgrade and redesign one of their flagship products, Microsoft Office. In the company’s opinion (and from user satisfaction surveys as well) Microsoft learned that, while effective and beloved by almost all users, there were areas that were definitely in need of improvement.

    So... what can we glean from this quick little story that we can apply to our treatment, our patients, … heck, maybe even our lives in some small way?

    The lesson is to always keep your eyes open for small things that can have a big impact, today or in the future.

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    Curing lights and curing technology 

    If you‘ve ever been to one of my lectures on restorative techniques, chances are you’ve heard me say that curing lights and curing in general are the “red-headed stepchild of dentistry.” Now by that I don’t mean to insult my ginger-headed friends in the profession. Au contraire! By that phrase I mean that a very important and strategic piece of the restorative process often doesn’t get the love and attention it deserves.

    Many offices just figure that if the light turns blue when I push the button, the composite must be set; or if the composite “feels” set when I scratch it with an explorer then it must feel the same all the way through. However… is it really? You see those are the kinds of questions that keep me awake at night (it’s not always easy being me, trust me…). These are the kinds of things that have me filling extracted teeth and then sectioning them… heck and even then I’m still not 100 percent sure because after all, what in the world is 100 percent right?

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    A few quick tips that will hopefully help if you are like me. You cannot over-cure a composite. What you want is a chemical reaction that is as completely set as possible. This is accomplished by getting the light as close to the material as possible and using multiple exposures of the material to the light. This helps provide a long chain polymerization reaction. These long chain molecules are strong and help to create a strong bond of the material to the tooth.

    While you cannot over-cure a composite, you can overheat a tooth with a curing light. This can be done by using the light repeatedly without giving the tooth a chance to cool off between curing cycles. This can be easily remedied by simply allowing a few seconds for the tooth to cool down, as well as spraying it with air.

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...

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