Last week we changed the last the protocol in our Covid compliance to plastic-free. Living on an abundant ocean’s edge, as I do,and having seen one too many videos of albatross chicks dying of ingested plastic, as I have, I just couldn’t accept that the only way to manage transmission is through single-use disposable plastic barriers.
All our barriers are now washable. Our wipes are washable, up to 300 times, and ultimately compostable. We know that Covid dies in the dryer at 135 degrees F, so our measures agree with science. As I can I will post pictures and more details so that you can see for yourself. And yes, it is much much cheaper, not only omitting the cost of purchase, but also for tipping fees for increased bulk in the waste stream. And eliminate another cost to pass on to our employment- stressed patients.
Do we get to forget the environment because we have a human pandemic crisis? Obviously, if you think that, you have never considered being an albatross.
The fallout from the pandemic has many forms and one of them is to interfere with the planned launch of the handbook of Composite Technique in March. It will happen when it can, but right now, March 21st, 2020, it is not on track. Please check back soon to see what is happening.
Dr Peter Walford
An article on Dr. Walford’s unique dental practice has been published in Issue 8, 2019 of Canadian Dental Association magazine, CDA Essentials. See it online
An article in Oral health Journal written by Dr. Walford is now posted online. See the online article
The title is “Anterior composite rehabilitation: a minimally invasive approach.” . It details a method for augmenting worn anterior teeth from articulator-mounted models, using a stent to arrive at a pre-determined clinical outcome.
This article closely follows the content which will be organized in the upcoming Handbook of Composite Prosthodontics
At the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver on March 8, 2019 , Dr. Walford demonstrated a lower-arch molar MODL restoration on the Live Stage in the Exhibit hall. The Bandbender™ was an key part of the procedure. A large number of attendees “got it” and placed orders for Bandbenders with Sure Dental Innovations, our dealer for Bandbenders™.
Haven’t heard of the Bandbender? It’s the game-changing matrtix-shaper that makes large composites successful. Without it, don’t pass go, don’t collect $200.When sectionals become useless, bring out the Bandbender™.
You can’t talk about flight if you haven’t got wings. The Bandbender shaping system is a cornerstone to large composite success. It develops properly curved proximals from a flat typical Tofflemire matrix. No broken contacts, no food traps, no expensive repairs. Win every time. Restore boxes of any size on teeth with any amount of missing tooth structure.
It could bring an enormous improvement in your restorative capability and your practice satisfaction. Stop doing it the hard way.
See THE BANDBENDER™
Other high points of the demonstration:
- Glass fibers- which are the best, and indications for placement see Glass Fibers
- Cusp shoe design principles – bevels and the science behind them
- Outside-in gingival box preparation– protecting the adjacent tooth from iatrogenic damage
- Up-scaling gingival margins – avoiding Class II recurrent gingival decay from improper enamel preparation at the margin
- Isolate rubber dam- the best in the industry see more at Isolation
- The Sippressor retromolar saliva ejector- an essential patient comfort and isolation device see The Sippressor
- Custom wedge trimming- seal the gingival matrix and protect the curvature of the Bandbender™ matrix see Wedging
- Contact Formers to guarantee proximal contact see Placement
- Etch- the most effective products see Etching
- Rinse- the most effective protocol see Etching
- Double-priming dentin, essential for postoperative comfort see Dentin Priming
- Caries detector for 100% certainty of caries removal and old composite removal
- Sandblasting for optimum margin adhesion
- Managing flash see Occlusal Plasty
- A sandblasting scavenging system to preserve operatory air quality see Big Bertha
- Adhesive – a versatile DC MDP -based adhesive with a long success record see Bonding
- Bulk-eze DC bulk fill, the only good bulk fill on the market with research to prove it see Bulk Fill
- Flowable first gingival increment to prevent contraction damage to dentistry’s most fragile margin see Flowable
- Wet-pack placement- eliminating bubbles at cusp shoe margins see Wetpack Margins
- Voco Grandioso, a very tough resin with parameters to validate it see Resin Choices
- Curing- deeply and powerfully to rapidly increment large restorations see Curing
- Calibrating cure to the resin; joule requirement see Curing
- Proximal post-curing- to ensure maximum cross-linking at the heart of the restoration
- Occlusal shaping and polishing – a simplified, rapid method see Occlusal Finishing
- Articulation – a rapid and exacting verification method that meets best occlusal principles and delivers postoperative comfort see Articulation
Perhaps you know these techniques, but if not, they are part of the Class II restoration method in the Handbook of Composite Technique, an online source book soon to be available from this site. Check back for publication date; it will be announced on this home page.
After development in offshore markets, Tokuyama launched a new resin at the prestigious Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February 2019. It also hit the Pacific Dental Conference, March 2019 . The resin is Omnichroma
What’s new? Its singular claim is an ability to blend with very wide range of tooth shades using only a single shade. They manufacture a second to mask/opaque where needed.
See Cases restored using Omnichroma
The Promising aspect of this product: Universal shade match promises to simplify inventory for both dentists and suppliers. it also might improve cosmetics for the patient. Also, it might solve an unmet clinical problem-shade mismatch between restorations and teeth if teeth are whitened (bleached) through a peroxide program, office-provided or OTC .
How good is it? Can we buy it, throw away our other shaded resins, and put it everywhere? We can evaluate esthetics because we can see that. Esthetics are not enough. We need to also evaluate any new resin for properties which we cannot see. Unless you feel like being reckless you will have to address the limitations highlighted in black below. take your own look at physical properties, which are housed in this product at Tokuyama’s Omnichroma Technical Bulletin
Check it out. You will find graphic comparisons with other well-known resins from several university research labs on:
- Gloss -pg 18= >90%, rates very high compared to most resins
- Wear resistance – pg 20= negligible with negligible opposing tooth wear. Top in its class
- Polymerization Shrinkage – pg 21 1.5% a beneficially low number
- Radiopacity – pg 25 = average for posterior resins
- Contraction Stress – pg 29 =>2.5MPa, higher than most, a negative quality suggesting careful placement of small increments might be needed to avoid white line defects and crazing enamel in the host tooth
- Flexural Strength —pg 30- 110MP weak– suitable for light function patients in Class II restorations
- Elastic Modulus- pg 30= 9.2 GPa- less than dentin, below median for posterior resins, limiting its application to light to light-medium function patients. See Resin Selection Sieve , Light function patients
- Compressive strength -pg31- 310MPa = high, but not usually a significant clinical attribute
- Depth of cure – pg 32 – consistent to 4 mm, indicating high curabiity, which should deliver on properties in real-life clinical application. Better than most resins
- Stain resistance -pg 22 = low, on par with best-rated resins
- Color Matching- repeatedly superior to most shade-matched resins
Want to go further? Have a look at how I evaluate resins?…See RESIN SELECTION