by Dr Peter Norton, Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest, Sydney
This is a system of two materials: EQUIA Forte Fil and EQUIA Forte Coat, that is easy to use and relatively quick to place. I’ve long been a fan of glass ionomer technology for various preventive and restorative applications.
What’s good about it
I use EQUIA Forte in a lot of class one and class five restorations. It’s approved for certain types of class two restorations but I’ve not used that technique to date.
I also use it for long-term fissure protection. Its white colour is less obtrusive than some other products designed for fissure protection and EQUIA seems to last much longer than other GICs I’ve used for fissure protection.
The main reason I like this material is its combination of higher strength and fluoride release compared to its Fuji IX predecessors.
Most glass ionomers require some sort of coating but the manufacturer’s guidelines are usually not very strict. With EQUIA Forte, however, it’s important to use the correct coating (EQUIA Forte Coat) to get the best results from the material. The secondary coat substantially improves the physical properties.
What’s not so good
The coat material has quite a strong acetone smell. It’s only there for a few seconds but it’s not very pleasant. I let my patients know that there’s a funny taste coming but paediatric patients often find it objectionable. That’s significant, since I use the EQUIA Forte System so often with paediatric patients.