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A Review of Direct Restorations, Their Applications, and Possibilities

By Todd Snyder, DDS

Commercial Supporter: 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.

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