Function Meets Aesthetics: Advanced Materials for Posterior Restorations

Courtesy of Dentaltown Magazine: 

Material science advancements have enabled dental professionals to design and fabricate highly customized restorations that meet patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. Such advancements are especially helpful when replacing failing or defective restorations. Especially with large defects in the molar region, where direct restorative therapy reaches its limits, both anatomy and aesthetics can be restored by all-ceramic restorations.

In the past, posterior restoration guidelines dictated that function and strength be the most important characteristics of restorative materials. Although all-ceramic systems were produced from the late nineteenth century, their indications have been limited due to their poor mechanical properties and the associated failure rates. Therefore, cast gold or other porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations with a higher fracture toughness and flexural strength were generally employed for posterior restorations, where respective forces of mastication occur. With the introduction of all-ceramic systems, which could be improved by structural reinforcement and defect-minimizing production process, the range of indications could be expanded. Another breakthrough was achieved by adhesive cementation, thus increasing the mechanical strength and improving the longevity of a ceramic.

However, development of new materials in recent years has allowed clinicians a reprieve from deciding between function and aesthetics. Materials such as lithium disilicate (IPS e.max, Ivoclar Vivadent) and universal cementation systems (Multilink Automix Next Generation, Ivoclar Vivadent) have expanded opportunities for dental professionals to offer the highest quality metal-free, durable and aesthetic restorations for all clinical indications, regardless of their location in the mouth.

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More Than A Denture

Ivoclar Vivadent announces the launch of its More Than a Denture consumer and professional websites. Designed to make today’s innovative solutions for removable dentistry easy for patients and professionals to take advantage of, the websites emphasize a simple and predictable approach for creating smiles that are comfortable, durable, and natural-looking. At the heart of the More Than a Denture system are Ivoclar Vivadent Removable (IVR) solutions.

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Anna’s new Ivoclar Vivadent Removable dentures gave her back her smile!

The More Than a Denture websites are extensions of the company’s highly successful patient education campaigns and online professional resources. The consumer-oriented www.morethanadenture.com website features a variety of real-life stories that denture patients can relate to, in addition to a wealth of easy to understand information that guides them through the denture selection and fabrication process.

Check out the link  above to see Anna’s story, as well as others just like her!

To help dental professionals achieve better results, Ivoclar Vivadent has created a professional site (www.morethanadenture.com/pro) that not only informs them about better materials and processes, but also connects the dentist and laboratory through an Authorized Ivoclar Vivadent Removable Laboratory list.

Revisiting the art of removable prosthodontics – “I (Hate) Love Dentures”

You say you want to increase your production in 2014 and create a niche practice that will stand alone from all of the other practices in your area? Top consultants, practice management gurus and even organizations recommend that dentists map out their continuing education plans and goals in the beginning of the year. Likewise, the New Year often brings out the business man/woman in all of us to budget the years marketing expenses. If your goals are to add more procedures to your existing patient pool, become more predictable in a procedure that many dentists dislike and to invest a little money marketing in an area very few dentists target- then I challenge you to revisit the art of removable prosthodontics.

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It is estimated that 23 million people in the U.S. are fully edentulous, while an additional 15 million are edentulous in one arch. Currently, that is an estimated 61 million complete dentures in the U.S.  If 10 percent of these patients have a new denture/dentures fabricated each year and the average dentist charges $1,400 per denture, this results in an estimated 8.5 billion dollars being spent each year on full dentures. Still think dentures are dead? Consider the fact that the average gross of all Hollywood movies in one year is approximatly 9 billion dollars, does targeting full denture patients now seem more worthwile?

I know what you are saying, “But John, I hate fabricating dentures! The unpredictable fit returned from the lab, the neverending adjustment appointments and, quite frankly, the aesthetics are marginal at best.” In reply, I ask you, besides dental school, what advanced training in removable prosthodontics have you had? Grab a cup of coffee, turn off the TV- lets get ready to love dentures!

Click link to read on— (Starting with a Healthy Foundation)    http://www.dentaltown.com/Dentaltown/Article.aspx?i=351&aid=4788&st=dentures

CAD/CAM Technologies: Providing Esthetic Restorations With Ease

Courtesy of Dental Economics:

“As CAD/CAM technology continues to be integrated into dental offices and laboratories, the benefits of its use cannot be overstated. Dental CAD/CAM systems and relevant materials allow clinicians to offer a variety of innovative dental services to many of their patients who otherwise may receive less than optimal care, or require multiple and time-consuming appointments. Digitally fabricated models and restorations have been shown to demonstrate greater accuracy when compared to those fabricated using conventional procedures. CAD/CAM technologies help to eliminate human errors that lead to inaccuracies and remakes, as well as alleviate concerns over material costs and manual handling…”

http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-104/issue-6/features/cad-cam-technologies.html

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Ivoclar Vivadent Introduces Adhese® Universal: Cost-Effective Universal Adhesive

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Ivoclar Vivadent introduces Adhese® Universal, a new single-component, light cured universal adhesive for direct and indirect bonding procedures. Adhese Universal is compatible with all etching techniques: self-etch, selective enamel- etch and total-etch. What sets this universal adhesive apart from others is that it is the only universal adhesive available in the revolutionary VivaPen® delivery form, as well as in the traditional bottle delivery form.

The ergonomically-designed VivaPen enables the adhesive to be delivered directly to the preparation in a fast and convenient manner with virtually no waste. Adhese® Universal VivaPen® delivers up to 190 single-tooth applications, significantly more than a traditional adhesive bottle. This drastically decreases cost per application and contributes to more cost-effective treatments.

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NEW Smile to the Max™ app!

Ivoclar Vivadent announces the release of its new Smile to the Max™ application for smartphones and tablets that provides patients with a wealth of information about the benefits of transforming their smiles with IPS e.max, the leading all-ceramic, metal-free material for today’s dental treatments. An extension of its highly successful patient education campaign, the app is now available for download at iTunes and Google Play. App highlights include information about IPS e.max, a before and after gallery, patient videos and testimonials, and details about what to expect throughout the treatment and smile makeover processes.

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“With its launch, the new Smile to the Max™ app will become a terrific resource for dental practices to educate patients and promote quality esthetic dentistry,” says Dr. Michael Gaglio, Vice President of Ivoclar Vivadent. “Patients can utilize the app while waiting in the dental office and learn more about what IPS e.max and today’s metal-free dentistry can do for their smiles, and then discuss treatment options with their clinician during their appointment.”

Ivoclar Vivadent’s Smile to the Max™ campaign also provides consumer-friendly information for dental practices to share with patients. The campaign aims to not only increase a patient’s dental knowledge, but increase case acceptance for dental practices.

The Smile to the Max™ campaign has already reached nearly 50 million consumers thus far and continues to educate patients about IPS e.max, its benefits, and its role in designing their ideal smile.