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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

The Routine Use of Incompatible Dental Materials in Dentistry—Why?

Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry, Fixed Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry

Author(s): Mark Cannon, DDS, MS

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

While reading this course, attendees will learn the following:
1. Oral dysbiosis creates dental diseases that later affect systemic health.
2. Ionic interactions between dental materials may be both beneficial and detrimental to a
restoration’s success.
3. Discrepancies may occur in published research due to a researcher’s failure to
correctly follow manufacturer’s instructions and by using materials in inappropriate
4. Nonexistent bonds between base and restorative materials weaken the final restoration.
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The almost universal acceptance of the oral-systemic health link requires that dental professionals be more fully versed in biological sciences, especially microbiology. Dental disease is the result of an oral dysbiosis that later contributes to systemic illness. In addition, dentists now have a plethora of dental materials to choose from, requiring more familiarity with materials science. Further complicating matters is that incompatible materials sometimes are used together. This appears to surprise those with
a thorough background in dental materials, but several important factors contribute to this conundrum. First, popular speakers frequently suggest techniques that they have successfully used with a small number of patients. They assume a positive outcome based on a condensed time frame. Second, the complexity of materials complicates the scenario because of ionic interactions, some of which are less than beneficial. Last, dental students should be exposed to more information about dental materials with an emphasis on critical thinking, and they should be encouraged to question “common knowledge.” Practitioners must keep current with new technology but also be wary of contradictory research and cognizant of possible conflicts of interest. A clinical case with an emphasis on compatible materials provides a step-by-step technique for restoration longevity.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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