Glass Ionomers Still the Best Option for Some Dental Restorations

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 16, 2019

In the opinion of many experts, glass ionomer restorative materials are among the greatest advances in dentistry since their debut around 50 years ago. These water-based materials are composed of a fluoro-alumino-silicate glass powder, and other elements such as calcium. When mixed with polyacrylic or polycarboxylate acid, the glass powder… Read More

Strategic Approaches to Periodontal Disease Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 14, 2019

When pathogenic bacteria are allowed to run rampant in the oral cavity, they can infect the gingiva. This type of infection can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, bone and periodontal ligament damage, and, ultimately, tooth loss. The key to periodontal health, of course, lies in prevention. But when this fails and… Read More

Digital Impression Scanners Improve Restorative Accuracy

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 11, 2019

You have to admit, no matter which side of the technology fence you are on, digital impressioning has a lot to offer. Although many dentists continue to rely on elastomeric materials to capture dental impressions, increasing numbers appear to be going the digital route, which captures tooth structure in exquisite… Read More

Intraoral Radiography Systems Boost Accuracy, Safety and Patient Comfort

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 9, 2019

A recent report pegged the value of the global dental imaging system market at about $2388.8 million (United States) in 2017, with revenue expected to jump to roughly $4297.3 million by the end of 2024. On the basis of product type, the intraoral radiography system segment is predicted to grow… Read More

High Speed Dental Handpieces Are Much More Than a Drill

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 7, 2019

It’s hard to imagine dentistry without the ubiquitous “drill,” whose high-pitched whine has the reputation of making patients squirm. And these days, there are more choices than ever in dental handpieces. But for removal of decayed tooth structure or old restorations, crown preps, finishing and polishing, or even tackling endodontic… Read More

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF): A Proven Caries Management Strategy

Posted by Rebecca Stone on January 3, 2019

Dental caries reportedly affects 97% of the people on the planet during their lifetimes. 42Berg J. The marketplace for new caries management products: dental caries detection and caries management by risk assessment. BMC Oral Health. 2006;6(Suppl1):S6 But thanks to one of the earth’s… Read More

How Nanotechnology Is Being Used to Improve Dental Materials

Posted by Rebecca Stone on December 20, 2018

Steve Martin may have been onto something back in the ’70s with his Let’s Get Small album. In today’s dental materials, it’s the little things that are reaping big rewards. But when we’re talking small, we’re talking nano-small. Nanotechnology, often in the form of fillers used in composite resins, is… Read More

Benefits of All-Ceramic Restorations

Posted by Rebecca Stone on November 15, 2018

The desire for esthetics in dentistry has never been more top of mind than it is today. In fact, according to a recent report, the market for indirect restorative materials of dental consumables, which includes all-ceramic restorations, porcelain-fused-to-metal, cast gold and cast metal, will reach $280 million by 2023, increasing… Read More

Finishing and Polishing Dental Restorations

Posted by Rebecca Stone on November 14, 2018

To the uninformed, the process of finishing and polishing dental restorations may seem purely cosmetic — even trivial. But clinicians know these steps are crucial to the restorative process. Finishing Dental Restorations No matter how well the color of a composite restoration matches the rest of a patient’s dentition, or… Read More

Dental Curing Lights: Dentistry’s Magic Wands

Posted by Rebecca Stone on November 13, 2018

Dental curing lights come in handy for a range of dental applications, from direct restorations to whitening procedures. It’s hard to imagine modern dentistry without them. In fact, a recent industry report predicts that the global dental curing light market will be worth more than $197 million by 2022. Read More