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August 27, 2018

Posterior Direct Restorations: Simplifying Treatments for More Predictable Outcomes

By Jason Olitsky, DMD
Commercial Supporter: Ivoclar Vivadent® Inc.

This article discusses techniques and products for posterior direct composites that facilitate successful restoration outcomes. The five types of composite resins are described: microfils, microhybrids, hybrids, packables, and flowables. This article also compares posterior amalgam restorations to composite resin restorations and addresses how to deal with potential postoperative sensitivity and posterior interproximal contacts. The option of bulk filling restorations is explored, along with the advantages and disadvantages of universal adhesives. Although composite resins in posterior restorations have some potential problems, they continue to increase in popularity due to their ease of use and esthetics. These materials are continuously being improved to become more simplified, predictable, and reliable.


  • Review factors that influence form and function of posterior composite restorations.

  • Discuss techniques for creating successful posterior direct composite restorations.

  • Determine products that can facilitate success with posterior direct restorations.

About the Author

Jason Olitsky, DMD
Private Practice, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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