2018 Materials Guide
Stephan D. Poss, DDS Sabiha Bunek, DDS Marcos Vargas, BDS, DDS, MS Dennis J. Fasbinder, DDS John O. Burgess, DDS, MS Gary Alex, DMD
The evolution of materials in dentistry has largely been driven by the profession's ongoing mission to deliver stronger, longer-lasting, and more esthetic restorations in the most conservative manner possible.
Although continuing to perfect one's technique is the best way to optimize the use of any material that a dentist currently employs, adopting a newer material that offers enhanced capabilities can allow clinicians to deliver better results in less time-but only if they understand how to use it correctly.
The progression of material development has come a long way since prehistoric humans first used bitumen and beeswax as fillings. Unlike earlier modern materials, such as amalgam and porcelain-fused-to-metal, today's restoratives require a more advanced understanding of chemistry and the physics of occlusion to select and properly place. And with advancements in retraction, impressioning, and other materials, the latest techniques involved in preparation require greater understanding as well.
To help dentists expand their knowledge and evolve their treatment protocols to incorporate the most up-to-date materials and methods, Inside Dentistry has gathered some of the profession's top experts to provide an overview of the latest developments and thoughtful answers to some of the most imperative questions for six categories of materials.
Their perspectives are sure to get you thinking about the pros and cons of the materials that you use in your practice and which alternatives you may want to consider implementing to improve your results.