by Martin B. Goldstein, DMD
I think we’ve all purchased products at one time or another and shortly thereafter wondered, “What will I do with this stuff?” This might describe how I felt shortly after acquiring Voco America’s Amaris Gingiva. “AG,” as I’ll call it, is a composite system geared toward cervical restoration of teeth with the sole purpose of emulating the appearance of gum tissue as opposed to hard tooth structure.
It is a semi-translucent paste,allowing the chosen opaquers (applied singularly or mixed) to reflect through and thus influence the final look of the “tissue restoration.” A handy tissue-toned shade guide will assist you in this matter.
To appreciate AG, one has to abandon the concept that a pink restoration will fool anyone on close inspection. Retract a patient’s lips, put on your loupes (or not) and you’ll have no problem identifying a pink composite restoration. You might even ask yourself, as did I, “What’s the point?”