With over 50 + adhesives on the market today classified into 7 generations, and now with the recent introduction of the “universal” category it can be difficult to make a decision on which product to use, when to use it, and for what application. This program will discuss the differences between generations including their pros and cons. What makes 4th and 5th generation adhesives more technique sensitive? Why 6th and 7th generation adhesives leave the patient less sensitive and
what does “universal” really mean? What is the difference between acetone and alcohol solvents, and how to eliminate sensitivity regardless of the generation of adhesive you decide to use.
We will also touch on the latest research regarding the degradation of long term adhesion, the effects of both hydrolytic degradation and the activation of MMP’s and what tools are available to counteract their effects. Also discussed will be which adhesives are best suited for
direct composites, all-ceramic restorations including high lucite, feldspathic, alumina and zirconia, ideal bonding protocols for porcelain veneers, porcelain repair, and which adhesives are compatible with dual-cure cements and core build-up materials.
Curing Lights … The Facts …Not the Manufacturer Myths!
Are halogen curing lights obsolete? What is the difference between LEDs from different manufacturers? What is the difference in diodes that enable 5,6,7,8 second cure times? Does your LED cure all dental composites? How practical are PAC lights (plasma) in everyday dentistry and do they really save you time. What is the TOP HAT Factor and how
does it influence the cure of your composite? What does a “Turbo Tip” actually do? Are you sure you are really curing your composites when research shows that 36% of dental composites are inadequately polymerized. How valid is the scratch test? Learn the differences between the current light systems on the market today, and the questions you need to ask your rep the next time they try to sell you a curing light.
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