Bulk Fill Composites: An Anatomic Sculpting Technique

Ronaldo Hirata, William Kabbach, Oswaldo Scopin De Andrade, Estevam A. Bonfante, Marcelo Giannini, Paulo Guilherme Coelho

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Composite resins have been routinely used for posterior cavities due to a phasedown on amalgam as a restorative option. However, clinical problems related to polymerization shrinkage demands careful and specific techniques for placement of the composite layers. New low shrinkage composites are now marketed for bulk filling of cavities without the need of a traditional layering. With this new concept, the restoration can be built in one or two layers, depending on the classification of the bulk fill material. This article discusses and presents two alternative techniques using the low shrinkage composites, suggesting a called "amalgam-like sculpting technique," one using a flowable bulk fill and other a regular bulk fill material. Clinical cases illustrate these two alternatives compared with the layered technique. Clinical Significance New techniques using low shrinkage composites for bulk filling can provide a simpler technical approach for the clinician in sculpting and generating highly esthetic posterior composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-343
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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