The Changing Face of Restorative Dentistry

Damon Adams, DDS


In this issue of Dentistry Today, we are focusing on restorative dentistry. Exciting developments are taking place that have the potential to positively impact every restoratively based dental practice now and into the future. We are seeing a growing interest in minimally invasive dentistry, supported in large part by newly developed materials and techniques. In the arena of restorative materials, improvements are being seen in composite resins and bonding adhesives, lab-fabricated restorations and cements, and recently, the introduction of bioactive chemistries, to mention just a few.

This issue contains articles touching on restoratively based topics that should be of special interest to our readers who are general practitioners. Dr. David Clark, in the final installment of a 3-part article series, describes the new role of direct composite restorations that includes injection overmolding for restoration placement; Dr. John Comisi looks at the factors behind direct dental restorative failures and the methods and materials that can help optimize long-term results; Dr. Michael Davis, in our Viewpoint article, opines on the challenges that foreign national dentists often face in the course of their careers; Drs. Chin-Chuan Fu and Nathaniel Lawson share a technique for the repair of a ceramo-metal fixed partial denture; Dr. Manor Haas makes the case for the use of 3-D cone beam imaging in modern endodontic treatment; Dr. Sam Halabo demonstrates a modern sectional matrix system used to predictably create high-quality Class II composite restorations; Dr. David Little shares how he addressed the aesthetic and functional challenges involved with a congenitally missing maxillary canine; Dr. Justin Moody focuses on provisionalization options; and, in our peer-reviewed article that is available for 2 FAGD/MAGD CEUs, Dr. Sonali Rathore et al present an excellent article about a patient who was previously misdiagnosed with burning mouth syndrome, but the eventual diagnosis turned out to be poorly differentiated tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma.

In addition to our informative clinical articles, and with many restoratively related products included in the mix, we are proudly featuring our 30th Annual Top 100 Products section. We hope this information will assist you in learning about some of the latest products in dentistry and help you and your team in the process of any buying decisions.

We hope that you enjoy yet another exciting and informative issue of Dentistry Today!