The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Dental Society as an adjunct to the American Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Association, shall be to serve the public, improve their health, promote the art and science of dentistry and represent the interests of the profession, and the people we serve, its members.
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Dear Lehigh Valley Dental Society Members,
As I am finishing up my second and final year as President of the LVDS, I
cannot help looking back at all the changes I have seen in my almost45 years
in dentistry. Amalgam posterior restoration are quickly becoming obsolete,
due to improvements in composite resins and the development of bonding agents for both enamel and dentin, along with patient's desires for more esthetic restorations. Rotary Endo has replaced hand filing. Although gold and porcelain fused to metal crowns are still done, Zirconia and Lithium Disilicate crowns are now the materials of choice in a great many cases. We now have electric drills and lasers for cutting both hard and soft tissues.
The titanium implant has dramatically changed the way we look at replacing teeth and doing prosthetics. Bioactive materials are a wave of the future. Digital technology and imaging will eventually eliminate the need for impressions and has made huge inroads into the crown and bridge field and radiology. The cost of a dental education has skyrocketed, with many new dentists graduating with $300k or more in debt. However, one of the biggest changes I have seen is the business of dentistry to the business of dentistry. I've met great people and made many friends in my dental journey. This is a great profession, and hopefully we persevere in our best practices to overcome obstacles with Insurance companies and Government
agencies. Keep up the good work here in the Valley and I bid you a fond farewell.
Dr. Gary Peters