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Rehabilitating Severely Worn Teeth: A Systematic Review

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Dentistry: Rehabilitation of severely worn teeth: A systematic review (May 2016) Mauro Elias Mesko; Rafael Sarkis-Onofre; Maximiliano Sérgio Cenci; Niek Johannes Opdam; Bas Loomans; Tatiana Pereira-Cenci Context Tooth wear is loss of dental hard tissue due to non-carious processes, and can be identified as attrition, abrasion, or erosion [1]. Irrespective of epidemiological concerns or even etiological factors, at an individual level, tooth wear may become severe requiring a restorative treatment to be considered, because severe tooth wear may result in loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, tooth sensitivity, decreased ...

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Antibacterial monomers used in dental adhesive system: a systematic review

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Materials: A systematic review about antibacterial monomers used in dental adhesive systems: Current status and further prospects (November 2015) Alexandra Rubin Cocco; Wellington Luiz de Oliveira da Rosa; Adriana Fernandes da Silva; Rafael Guerra Lund, Evandro Piva Context There is a trend to use the minimally invasive dentistry approach to promote preservation of the tooth structure with conservative techniques in an effort to avoid damage to the dental pulp complex [1]. Incomplete removal of infected dentin is currently recommended, especially in clinical situations of deep carious lesions. However, viable bacteria that may ...

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Review Article: Recent advances in bulk metallic glasses for biomedical applications

This summary is based on the article published in Acta Biomaterialia: “Recent advances in bulk metallic glasses for biomedical applications” (May 2016) H.F. Li, Y.F. Zheng, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University Context With a continuously increasing aging population and the improvement of living standards, large demands of biomaterials are expected for a long time to come. Further development of novel biomaterials, that are much safer and of much higher quality, in terms of both biomedical and mechanical properties, are therefore of great interest for both the research scientists and clinical surgeons. Compared with the ...

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What information do I need to communicate to my dental lab?

In order to optimize the final functional and esthetic result for patients, the dentist and dental laboratory must work as a team. As such, communication and common understanding is extremely important. Both parties must be able to interpret the other’s terminology effectively and accurately. Ideally and where possible, the dental and laboratory teams should meet and become familiar with one another. In the case where a practitioner uses a lab that is not local, electronic communication, such as email or Skype, may be used to convey critical information to the lab as long as appropriate patient consent is obtained. Prescriptions ...

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What are THE key factors to consider when buying a new curing light?

In the following video conversation, a panel of experts, including Drs. Howard Strassler, Joe Oxman, and Fred Rueggeberg, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at CDA, about THE key factors to consider when buying a new curing light.    Panel Discussion Highlights All lights are not created equally and affect the quality of cure of composite restorations. Here’s what you need to know. Access and Ergonomics Light tips should access all aspects of the tooth’s surface easily and still emit light at right angles to the restoration’s surface. The light should also be easy to use in all patients (children and adults) ...

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Bioceramic materials in endodontics

This summary is based on the article published in Endodontic Topics: Bioceramic materials in endodontics (May 2015) Zhejun Wang Courtesy of Wiley Publishing, you can access the full-text article for the next 3 months (PDF)   Context During the past two decades, a number of major advances have been made in the field of bioactive ceramics used for endodontic treatment. Bioceramic materials, with their biocompatible nature and excellent physico-chemical properties, are widely used in endodontic applications. They can function as cements, root repair materials, root canal sealers and filling materials, which have the advantages of enhanced biocompatibility, potential increased root ...

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CDA Oasis Conversations: Chris Felix speaks about light curing outputs

Chris Felix, from BlueLight Analytics, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the work BlueLight Analytics is doing in the area of light curing outputs. Click here to read/print the Light Curing Guidelines for Practitioners Chris Felix is a material scientist who has spent the last 11 years conducting research in the field of light cured dental materials. He has co-authored over 40 publications with some of the world’s most well respected key opinion leaders in the field of dental materials.     Watch the video interview  

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All-ceramic or metal-ceramic tooth-supported fixed dental prostheses (FDPs)? A systematic review of the survival and complication rates

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Materials: All-ceramic or metal-ceramic tooth-supported fixed dental prostheses (FDPs)? A systematic review of the survival and complication rates. Part I: Single crowns (SCs) (June 2015) Irena Sailer, Nikolay Alexandrovich Makarov, Daniel Stefan Thoma, Marcel Zwahlen, Bjarni Elvar Pjetursson Context All-ceramic fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) are considered an established treatment alternative to metal-ceramic FDPs in daily clinical practice. The main reason to use of the all ceramics instead of metal-ceramics is based on more favorable esthetics 3. All-ceramic materials mimic very naturally the optical properties of teeth. Another more recent factor ...

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