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08 Jun 2017

By Stars Of Dentistry


[Lecture synopsis] Are we ready for the post-amalgam era?


Dr Hien Ngo's lecture focuses on the two most popular alternatives are direct composite resin and glass-ionomer cement. However, despite continuing major advances in dental materials and techniques, the average life span of a direct tooth colored restoration is still hovering around 10 years, while the life span of our patients is extending beyond 80 years.

Restorative materials are still poor substitute for natural tooth structure and most of the “restorative” procedures should be described as being “reparative” instead. Teeth can last because they are built using two very different materials, so we should also replicate this design when rebuilding a tooth. A glass ionomer, restorative or liner, should be used in combination with composite resin because of its ability to seal, ease of handling and affordability.

This lecture aims at identifying important factors that govern clinical success, reviewing possible solutions and demonstrating practical ways at preserving and restoring tooth structure.


Learning outcomes:

  • Identify important factors that govern clinical success
  • Review possible solutions and demonstrate practical ways at preserving and restoring tooth strucure


See Dr Hien Ngo at Dentistry 17: Stars of Dentistry and hear his lecture 'Are we ready for the post-amalgam era?'. Dr Ngo has extensive experience in private practice, research and education. As an educator, he has published and lectured extensively internationally on the dental materials, minimal intervention dentistry and cariology. He has been a technical consultant to several dental organisations and was co-inventor of several dental products.


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