By Sheri B. Doniger, DDS
As the old adage goes, prevention is the best medicine.
In dentistry, we have been working off of this model for years by teaching our patients about good oral hygiene and home care. Unfortunately, patients are not always compliant. Patients understand they don’t always take proper care of their teeth. They are not always aware of the acidity in foods they eat. Some may not realize the dryness their medication is causing to their oral tissues, since they have been taking that medication for years.
But, patients do understand when you say they need a restoration. Making patients aware of the type of material we use in their mouths is good practice. Here are 3 reasons to tell your patients about bioactive restoratives:
- Active Benefits. With bioactive materials, we are utilizing materials that support the natural remineralization process. These materials are not inert. They are constantly exchanging ions to rebuild, rather than just filling a hole.
- Added Protection. Bioactive materials help restore damaged tooth structure, creating an environment that will seal, repair and protect the margin of the tooth and the restoration.
- Bioactive Prevention. By sealing the margin between the tooth and the restoration, bioactive restoratives help prevent microleakage and its subsequent outcome, recurrent decay.
Once we place a restoration with a bioactive material, it’s important to explain that this material helps rebuild the tooth and is actively working to maintain the tooth structure. This type of education can build trust, case acceptance, and ultimately lead to positive reviews and referrals.
About Dr. Sheri B. Doniger
Sheri B. Doniger, DDS, practices clinical dentistry in Lincolnwood, IL. Her book, “Practical Practice Solutions in Dentistry” focuses on building practice success. She has served as an educator in several dental and dental hygiene programs, has been a consultant for a major dental benefits company, speaks internationally on a myriad of topics, and writes for several dental publications. She is a past president of the American Association of Women Dentists. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.