Novy B & Fuller C. The Material Science of Minimally Invasive Esthetic Restorations. The Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. 29(6) 338-346, 2008. ( 1/2008 - 8/2008 )
The term “Esthetic dentistry” usually conjures up mental images of porcelain crowns and veneers. “Minimally invasive dentistry” evokes thoughts of “watching” lesions until they are closer to the pulp before subjecting a tooth to a restoration. It would seem these two niches within dentistry are on opposite ends of the spectrum, however composite resin and glass ionomer restorative materials unite these two ideologies very well. Understanding the limitations, benefits, and science behind each material allow clinicians to produce highly esthetic restorations which resist future decay, internally remineralize the tooth, and help protect adjacent teeth from cariogenic attack.