Better Patient Outcomes

5 Ways to Stronger Teeth and Longer Lasting Restorations

Your patients want treatment choices and increasingly seek conservative options, so often called minimally invasive. Case acceptance may depend upon it. Whether performing operative or endodontic procedures, conserving healthy tooth structure yields a better patient outcome with more restorative support, and a longer-lasting restoration.

If you offer minimally invasive treatment options, your instrument choices play a significant role in achieving desired treatment outcomes. SS White is a leading innovator of purposefully engineered instruments to work with today’s technologies and the higher magnifications needed for minimally invasive procedures.

Compare 5 procedures performed with legacy methods versus minimally invasive methods made possible with SS White instrumentation. Doctors report saving 40-70% more healthy tooth structure by using SS White® rotary instruments for operative and endodontic procedures.


1. CLASS I Restoration: Fissurotomy®

557 carbide burs were designed to help create retentive grooves for amalgam. The Fissurotomy® NTF removes 91% less tooth structure than the 557 and 87% less tooth structure than the 330 carbide at 2mm depth.

"Using Fissurotomy® burs adds 12 years of life to the tooth. The reason for failures can be complex but certainly limiting the surface area and forces of mastication while preserving the healthy tissue is key." - Dr. Howard Glazer, Past President of the AGD

Fissurotomy® – Patented minimally invasive carbide bur in micro taper fissure sizes, proven for conservative caries exploration and caries preparation and composite repair.

2. Composite Repair: Fissurotomy®

Removal of the old composite is time-consuming and leads to cutting healthy dentin and enamel. Utilizing the Fissurotomy® Bur to remove decay and repair leaky composite is a faster, less invasive, anesthetic-free process.

3. Decay Removal: SmartBurs®II

Studies prove that it is impossible to inadvertently cause a pulp exposure with SmartBurs®II, as they are harder than decay yet not as hard as healthy dentin. Studies show that SmartBurs®II are preferred by 84% of patients for comfortable, anesthesia free removal of decay.*

"SmartBurs®II are one of my top 5 products I use." - Dr. Robert A. Lowe, DDS

SmartBurs®II - A patented, uniquely designed polymer instrument that selectively removes decayed dentin without harm to healthy dentin.

4. Finishing at the Gingiva: Safe End Finishing Burs

Normal finishing burs and diamonds cut at the tip, which can result in nicked gingiva or inadequate finishing and polishing at the gum line. SS White® Safe Ended Finishing Burs address these issues.

SS White® Safe End -10-blade and 20-blade fine finishing burs

5. Endodontic Access: EndoGuide® and V-Taper

Round burs were designed to cut both vertically and horizontally, causing run out. EndoGuide® was designed for endo access. The conical shape allows for better feel, pinpoint accuracy, conserving 40% more healthy dentin.

“Put away your round burs and Gates Glidden Burs, and pick up the SS White EndoGuide Burs. They eliminate bur run-off and create a guidance system that finds canals much more effectively and conservatively.” - David J. Clark, DDS

The efficiency and the variable taper of the file remove 50-60% less peri-cervical dentin, which leads to longer life restorations and greater referring doctor satisfaction (30).

EndoGuide -Endodontic access
Uniquely engineered to minimize intrusion on pericervical dentin, retain the inherent strength of natural tooth structure and provide a stronger foundation for restoration.

V-Taper™2 NITI Rotary Files for shaping
Designed to conserve vital peri-cervical dentin

V-Glide Path 2 NiTi Rotary Files
for seamless transition from glide path development to shaping

In a recent survey, 85% of general dentists stated they would refer future root canal cases to endodontists who used Endoguide Burs to create more conservative access (28).