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ACE Panel Report offers insight into dental techniques, products

March 19, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

A report from the revamped ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel was released in March and features insight for dental professionals on the topic of posterior composite restorations.

ACE Panel Reports feature data compiled, in part, by surveys completed by ADA member dentists who have signed up to participate in short monthly studies related to dental products and prescribing habits.

Image of ACE Panel reportThe ADA Council on Scientific Affairs' Product Evaluation Subcommittee along with ADA Science Institute staff write the reports.

The resource aims to offer ADA members a way to understand their peers' opinions on various dental products and practices, offering insight and awareness on new products and techniques that can benefit patients and the profession.

For the report released in March, 311 practicing U.S. dentists and ADA members shared how often they place posterior composite restorations; their concerns regarding bulk fill products; their preferred restoration products; and the most frequent reasons for placement/replacement of composite resin restorations.

The document also includes clinical insight  gathered from the literature on the appropriate times to replace or repair posterior resin composite restorations.

The complete posterior composite restorations ACE Panel Report can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail of it on this webpage.

A previous ACE Panel Report, released in November, for which dentists were asked about their frequency of fluoride varnish and silver diamine fluoride use and the purpose for it,  is available to view online at

ADA members are encouraged to join the ACE Panel and contribute to forthcoming surveys, which take five to 10 minutes to complete and are sent no more than once a month.

For more information or to join the ACE Panel, visit