Adhesive dentistry is central to nearly every dental practice today, so we need a dependable adhesive. But achieving a predictable bond to enamel, dentin, and resin without causing sensitivity can be quite challenging.
Many great dentistry adhesives have appeared over the years. Each comes with its benefits and drawbacks. Adhesives like OptiBond FL have set the gold standard in the total-etch world, and OptiBond XTR appears to be setting the pace in the self-etch world. By utilizing optimal chemistry in two separate steps of applying a hydrophilic acidic primer, followed by a hydrophobic adhesive, high bonds are achieved with minimal fill thickness.
In addition, by utilizing two different steps, OptiBond XTR tends to be compatible with both light-cured and dual-cured resins, so you don’t have to worry about your dual-cure buildup de-bonding when you remove your provisional restoration. Furthermore, because it has a low film thickness, you can cure it prior to delivery of indirect restorations and not be concerned about restorations not seating to completion. Absolutely no phosphoric acid is needed to achieve a high dentin bond, so post-op sensitivity is nearly nonexistent.
In addition, OptiBond XTR’s unique primer chemistry makes it one of the very few self-etch adhesives in the marketplace demonstrating favorable bond strengths to uncut enamel.
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