Developments in Equipment Enable Faster Restorations

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 06/14/2012
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MELVILLE, NEW YORK - Posterior restorations can be time-consuming procedures, but newer developments in equipment can cut the time it takes to conduct these procedures in half, according to a speaker at the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry Meeting, held here.
Scott Parker, DDS, noted in his lecture to 219 attendees that using equipment such as the SonicFill system can save time and increase revenue for a practice.

A Change in Dentistry
Parker cited data from1990 that showed that 94% of dental professionals used amalgam as their primary posterior filling material because, he noted, ?it was easy and fast.?  More recently, published data shows that posterior composite resin restorations exceed amalgam fillings by 2:1.
He noted that because of this shift, overhead costs for many dental offices have gone up, as adhesive dentistry typically costs more. However, he said, there is newer technological equipment that can facilitate time savings and cut overhead.
As the author of many papers on restorative dentistry and adhesion, Dr. Parker said that he has experience with many different pieces of equipment, noting that the SonicFill is a game changer in that it is the only one that currently uses sonic energy.  Once the sonic energy is applied, the viscosity of the composite drops by 87%, which makes its placement fast and simple. Once applied to the tooth, the sonic energy is deactivated and the composite is able to return to a more viscous state for sculpting and contouring purposes.
SonicFill combines low volumetric shrinkage, high flexural strength and high compressive strength. Combining that with a depth of cure that reaches 5 millimeters in 20 seconds, without any type of extra high viscosity capping layer, makes SonicFill an efficient technique for placing posterior composites in a single, esthetic, bulk fill increment.
Dr. Parker also reviewed dentin hypersensitivity, noting various pearls for avoiding this. He also reviewed different types of bonding, noting how different materials work with both new and repeat fillings.

Dr. Parker also discussed advances in other types of equipment like electronic handpieces. He said that one of the course's commercial supporters, StarDental, has more than a century of successful products behind it, but continues to look ahead to new and innovative products. The company continues to advance the dental profession with its electronic handpieces, such as the NuTorque programmable electric handpiece, oral cancer screening device, and Going Green products.