High Speed Dental Handpieces Are Much More Than a Drill

Posted by Mike Wong 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 Mike Wong on January 3, 2019

Dental caries reportedly affects 97% of the people on the planet during their lifetimes. 1Berg 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… Read More

How Nanotechnology Is Being Used to Improve Dental Materials

Posted by Mike Wong 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 Mike Wong 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 Mike Wong 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 Mike Wong 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

How Dental Matrix Systems Improve Restorative Success

Posted by Mike Wong on October 31, 2018

Compared to a slick, new chairside computer-aided design/computer-sided manufacturing  (CAD/CAM) setup, dental matrix systems may seem pretty mundane. But truth be told, they really are the bread and butter of restorative dentistry. Good matrix systems provide a multitude of benefits. They separate one tooth from another, and contain composite material… Read More

Success in Tooth Whitening and Shade Matching

Posted by Mike Wong on October 30, 2018

Teeth are pretty front-and-center when it comes to facial esthetics, but they can become discolored for a number of reasons. The usual suspects include things like tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine, fruit — basically anything that is high in tannins, acids or chromogens can cause stains or dull enamel to… Read More

Obturation Strategies for Root Canal Treatment

Posted by Mike Wong on October 29, 2018

Once a tooth is compromised beyond the point that it can be directly restored, the next recommendation may be a root canal. With today’s emphasis on minimally invasive treatment, this option versus implant placement can make a lot of sense. Filling the Void Root canal treatment involves cavity preparation, shaping… Read More

Caries Detection Strategies

Posted by Mike Wong on October 15, 2018

The incidence of caries remains a central oral health problem in the United States. Many in the dental community believe that prevention is the best medicine in the fight against caries, with early caries detection as a close second. Recent statistics show that approximately 18.6% of children age 5 to… Read More