Q&A: On the Chameleon Effect of OMNICHROMA
On the Chameleon Effect on OMNICHROMA
WITH SIA ABAI, DDS, MMEDSC
Dr. Abai is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Graduate Prosthodontics program with a Master’s degree in oral biology and prosthodontics. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Now in full-time practice at the Abai Center for Advanced Dentistry in Orange County, CA, Dr. Abai shares how the features of Tokuyama Dental’s OMNICHROMA universal composite have improved the quality and esthetics of his restorations.
What was your initial reaction when you saw how OMNICHROMA worked?
When I fi rst used OMNICHROMA from Tokuyama Dental, I was truly impressed. Its shade-matching ability is built into the product, improving clinical effi ciency and reducing the possibility of a shade mismatch. It is a game-changer.
Does OMNICHROMA’S shade matching live up to its billing?
The shade matching is excellent. It has a chameleon effect where just one shade matches the surrounding tooth structure. For large Class III and Class IV anterior restorations, OMNICHROMA BLOCKER can be used in a thin lingual layer to prevent shade-matching interference from other parts of the mouth, providing a positive esthetic outcome.
What can you tell us about its other characteristics?
Whether using a syringe or a PLT [preloaded tip], I’ve found this composite to handle properly, and I’ve been able to consistently restore posterior and anterior teeth to their proper morphology with great effi ciency. Once the composite has been placed and I’ve checked and adjusted the occlusion, I can polish and achieve an esthetically pleasing restoration with a high gloss fi nish.
What has been the patient response to the restorations?
The clinical outcomes have been met with praise. OMNICHROMA creates beautiful restorations, meeting and exceeding my patients’ expectations. It reduces clinical error in shade selection, and its consistency in matching the correct shade helps patients trust the treatment and the product.
What will be the impact of this product on the overall practice?
OMNICHROMA reduces inventory, minimizes errors in color matching, and increases clinician and patient satisfaction. The science behind OMNICHROMA gives me confi dence when placing a composite, because I know I’m getting ideal shade matching in a product that offers excellent wear characteristics, low polymerization shrinkage, low stain resistance, and high strength.