Dr. Gregori M. Kurtzman explains how dental materials have shifted over the past decade. Dual-cure resin cements have become the go-to for today’s dental practice, as they work with multiple substrates and allow one to limit how many different materials are needed to provide restorative care. Dr. Kurtzman describes the clinical applications in which dual-cure resin cements excel and improve luting.
A reader asks Dr. Gordon Christensen why the veneers he places seem to come off no matter what bonding agent he uses. Dr. Christensen says dentists cannot create a major, predictable molecular bond for long-term service to tooth structure with the current generation of bonding agents. He discusses the differences between bonding and luting and explains that luting is critical to ensure long-term retention for dental restorations in various clinical situations.
Dr. Erinne Kennedy knows what it’s like to have a favorite cold treat, yet not be able to enjoy it because it made her teeth so uncomfortable. Her tooth hypersensitivity has made her a more sensitive dentist, and now she empathetically cares for her patients who have sensitive teeth too. Here, she suggests some tips, strategies, and products that have worked successfully for her patients that may work well for you.
Dr. Alan Mead says you can make a big difference in a patient’s smile in a short amount of time with anterior direct restorations—even without a full-mouth makeover. He shares seven tips that have made anterior composite restorations predictable, beautiful, and quick for him. He says what used to be a frustrating roll of the dice has become a leisurely and enjoyable procedure that his patients are pretty excited about.
DuraTemps (Burbank Dental Lab) are laboratory-fabricated provisional restorations that are much more durable and esthetic than traditional chairside-fabricated provisionals, even rivaling finished restorations.