The demand for esthetics in dentistry has created an amazing variety of ceramic, composite and porcelain restorative materials that are available for dental restorations (Table 1). For instance, ceramic restorations are so natural looking that even the dental professional may need to carefully evaluate what they observe in the patient’s mouth. While ceramic restorations have a natural appearance and are pleasing esthetically, there are also limitations that must be considered when the restorations are placed. Ceramics are quite strong, but the occlusal forces of mastication, bruxism, etc. increase the risk of failure due to the brittle nature of the material.6 Evaluation of marginal and occlusal integrity of esthetic restorations is an integral part of the care dental hygienists should provide at each recare appointment.
There are various types of restorations that the dental professional may observe in a typical day. They range from slightly radiopaque to completely radiopaque on a radiographic image. Figure 1 shows an example of the following restorations: