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Dear Restoratives Insider,

When OptiBond XTR hit the market at the end of last year, Kerr touted its power and durability as a total-etch adhesive but with a self-etch technique. Now, a new study in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry put it up against a similar product, Clearfil SE Bond from Kuraray, to see how it performed.

Find out what differences and similarities were observed between these two-step adhesives in the latest Restoratives Insider Exclusive.

Also in the product spotlight, DrBicuspid.com took a look at a new hydrogel patch that the manufacturer claims can help heal oral wounds of all sorts. Read how it works here.

In other Restoratives Community news, the dental implant market may no longer be experiencing double-digit growth, but implant manufacturers aren't sitting still. Click here to learn how they're weathering the current economic storm.

And in a presentation at the California Dental Association (CDA) fall session, one presenter focused on how to stop an implant-related lawsuit before it happens. Read more about the importance of informed consent.

Meanwhile, fluoride advocates are claiming a victory in California after the state decided not to add fluoride to its list of carcinogens. Find out why here.

And a Maryland family is suing Nestlé and Gerber, claiming that the companies' bottled water and infant formula with added fluoride caused their daughter's fluorosis. Read more.

Dental amalgam continues to face opposition as well. Foes recently came out in force to a town hall meeting sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in California. Click here to find out what they had to say.

And at the ADA annual session earlier this month, Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, gave a blunt assessment of the current state of restorative materials. Click here to read what segment of restorative and cosmetic dentistry he sees as a bright spot in this economy.

Finally, in another CDA session, a retired oral and maxillofacial surgeon outlined a new technique for fabricating affordable dentures in just one hour -- without return visits or lab fees. Read more.

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