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September 14, 2016
By Todd Snyder, DDS
Supported by VOCO America
Growing esthetic demands from patients and disproportional fear over mercury in amalgam fillings over the past 70 years has led to a significant increase in the use of composite resin for both anterior and posterior restorations. One of the best attributes of composite resins that practitioners could truly embrace was that they required little to no preparation, allowing for minimally invasive procedures that would preserve tooth structure and offer natural-looking results to their patients. This article will review the class of direct composite materials, including indications for their clinical application.
Review the history and evolution of tooth-colored direct restorative materials
Identify the characteristics of microfilled resins, hybrid composites, and nanofilled composites
Describe the appropriate clinical applications for each of the materials discussed
Discuss the future development possibilities for direct restoratives
About the Author
Todd C. Snyder, DDS
Dr. Snyder has been on the faculty at University of California Los Angeles in the Center for Esthetic Dentistry and is currently on the faculty at Esthetic Professionals, Tarzana, California.