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Alternative to amalgam: Webinar introduces new restorative material

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MUMBAI, India: As the effects of amalgam fillings on health are still not sufficiently researched, many dentists already rely on alternatives. Cention N is an easy-to-use innovative filling material for permanent replacement of posterior tooth structure. The benefits of this will be discussed in a free webinar presented by the Dental Tribune Study Club on Saturday, 22 April.

Amalgam and glass ionomer cements have been predominantly used in restorative practice for many years. Each of these materials has its own drawbacks. The global initiative established by the United Nations Environment Programme has clearly determined the need and means to reduce the use of mercury . Amalgam contains a considerable amount of mercury and has an intrinsic grey colour. Using chemical adhesion and being anti-cariogenic, glass ionomer cements are very popular. However, their physical properties, flexural strength in particular, do not allow the clinician to use this material in stress-bearing areas.

The search for an alternative to amalgam has resulted in a new restorative material, Cention N (Ivoclar Vivadent). In this live webinar, speaker Dr Mohan Bhuvaneswaran will explain how this material achieves tooth-coloured aesthetics, together with high flexural strength. Being alkasite-based, Cention N is a new category of filling material. An interesting property of Cention N is the release of hydroxyl ions on demand to regulate pH during acid attacks. It is self-curing with optional additional light curing if desired.

Bhuvaneswaran owns a private practice in Chennai in India, where he offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He is the President of the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry India (an affiliate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), lectures and conducts a hands-on programme in cosmetic dentistry, and was named “Best Cosmetic Dentist” in the 2016 India Lifestyle Awards.

The 1-hour webinar, titled “Restorative materials 150 years later: A new alternative to amalgam”, is free of charge and will be broadcast online on Saturday, 22 April, from 3.30 p.m. IST. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat window and have the opportunity to earn a continuing education credit by completing a multiple-choice questionnaire on the topic discussed.

Registration for the free webinar is now open here.

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