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Our waterlines seem to be clogging much more than usual. What is the proper maintenance protocol to be sure we don’t have clogged lines during patient care? Is there something we should be checking daily or weekly?
Does the bond decrease over time and why?
Why is the bond to dentin even higher than enamel?
There was a time when getting a bond of 20 MPa to enamel and dentin was considered a success. Now I read that some bonds to enamel and dentin are in the 30s and more. Why are the bonds that high?
Have you had patients complain of a bad taste with composite fillings?
Have you found a pink colored composite that will help hide the discoloration of an endo tooth that has darkened at the root?
Submitted by: Brent Kolb
Answered by: Brent Kolb
There are many gingival colored composites available today. The most opaque I found is Creative Color Pink (Cosmedent). It is intended as a pink opaque composite.
Others available include, Wave Flowable (Gingival Shade, SDI North America Inc.), Master-Dent Flow (gingival pink, Dentonics), and Amaris Gingiva (VOCO).
Our consultants and editors evaluated Amaris Gingiva. Here is a link to that report:
Here is a link to a publication in Dentistry Today. It features a nice clinical case report.