Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry advancements in restorative material formulations and adhesive technology
Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry is book demonstrates these solutions step-by-step through the presentation of everyday clinical situations, relying on the scientific knowledge and clinical and laboratory expertise of an international team of masters.
The dental profession has devoted most of its history to restoring the effects of dental disease.The last two decades have evidenced a paradigm shift in this philoso- phy that has been guided by a greater understanding of science. During this evolu- tion, restorative dentistry has adopted a medical model for decision making in the treatment of dental disease that allows clinicians to individualize and evaluate all components of the process for a proper treatment strategy. This process also edu- cates and involves the patient in treatment decisions, which results in acceptance of appropriate preventive and restorative strategies and improved compliance and oral health.
The public’s interest in health and beauty has become an engine that continues to drive the demand for cosmetic dental procedures. In the past, achieving a beautiful smile required submission to extensive invasive procedures and expensive fixed den- tal prosthetic restorations. Advancements in restorative material formulations and adhesive technology have expanded the treatment possibilities for the clinician and technician. In addition, these advances have increased the myriad opportunities available to discriminating patients and have provided solutions to many of the re- storative and esthetic challenges faced by clinicians. Also, this changing technology allows the clinician to treat many esthetic and restorative challenges through more simple, conservative, and economical methods.This evolution in philosophy and sci- ence has resulted in a change in the trend for dental treatment.There has been a shift from patients seeking disease-related treatment to elective cosmetic enhancement.
This edition of Esthetic & Restorative Dentistry: Material Selection & Technique was compiled to explain and teach esthetic dental procedures through illustrations of everyday clinical situations. It is not designed to advocate one restorative material as the best or prescribe to clinicians which materials to use. Instead, its purpose is to il- lustrate how a selected material and/or instrument should be used with a specific and thorough protocol to achieve the highest level of excellence for that material and clinical situation. The editorial team members were selected from different areas of the world for their scientific knowledge and clinical and laboratory expertise.This in- ternational group encompasses many facets of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, including biomaterials, laboratory technology, operative, prosthetic, periodontal, and implant dentistry. This combination of input will provide clinicians, technicians, and auxiliaries with the proper information to make improvements in their work while maximizing their productivity and providing improved oral health care to their patients.