Distilling factors for success and failure of restorations for colleagues (and patients) to be able to appreciate is a constant requirement when discussing, consenting, providing and reviewing our work and those of colleagues.

This editorial in Dental Update was written with the aim of simplifying how we interpret longevity and success of restorations whilst also maintaining the core principles of occlusion, marginal interfaces of our restorations and our ability to communicate these to the clinical ‘stakeholders’.

Credit to Dental Update and the editorial team for publishing and accepting this piece of work which is more cerebral than the scope of otherwise clinically driven articles, the standard of which has always been high in Update.

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