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NLS 2020 – Heated Composites: A Clinician’s Perspectives

The Northern Lights Symposium (NLS) is an international dental gathering focussed on the sciences and research in dental materials. The symposium was founded by Dr. Richard Price, Professor in the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences at Dalhousie University.

Since 2012, experts in dental restorative materials from North and South America, Australasia, the Middle East, and  Europe have been convening at Dalhousie University, Halifax, to discuss advances in dental restorative materials and light curing technology.

This year, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northern Lights Symposium successfully pivoted to a 3-day online format, featuring six diverse presentations on cutting-edge topics:

  • The Use of Pre-Heated Composites
  • 3D Printing Research
  • Blue Light Hazards in Dentistry
  • Restarting Dental Education During COVID
  • The 3 Second Power Cure System – A Clinical Trial
  • The Poor Cousin Revisited - A Plea to Raise the Bar in Dental Publication

In this first presentation, Dr. Marcos Vargas, Professor at the Department of Family Dentistry, University of Iowa, presents his considerable experience in using pre-heated composites in restorative dentistry. Dr. Vargas explains that despite being available for more than 30 years, clinical studies on heated composites are few and far between. He outlines the key benefits of their use, discusses the effects of heat on the material, and recommends a variety of composite heaters currently available in the market.

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Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team

Full Presentation (23.30")

Session 1 Discussion (12.51")

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