Dental composites are some of the most commonly used materials today in dental clinics, mainly used for anterior aesthetic reconstructions, as well as for fillings or fillings of posterior teeth. In order to adapt to the particular needs of each patient, numerous types of composites with different characteristics and modes of use have appeared on the market and sometimes it can be a little confusing to choose the most suitable dental composite for each clinical case.
At Dentaltix we offer a huge selection of dental composites from different ranges and prices from leading brands such as Dentsply, Coltene, Ivoclar Vivadent, 3M Espe, Larident, GC, Kerr, Voco, Heraeus, SDI, Kuraray, Medicaline. Furthermore, from a clinical point of view, dental composites continue to improve and new models are continuously appearing on the market to adapt to the different needs of each type of treatment, which leads us to ask ourselves...
How to choose the most suitable dental composite for each clinical case?
At Dentaltix we want to help you and we have prepared this article where we analyze the different types of dental composites that exist and their main applications in dentistry.
Types of dental composites and their main applications in dentistry:
Anterior composites, also called aesthetic composites, are used for dental restorations in which an aesthetic result with a very natural finish is important. The main advantage of aesthetic composites is that they can be polished to a long-lasting high gloss, which is why they are the most suitable in dentistry for anterior aesthetic restorations. These composites allow for modification of the colour, shape, and size of the dental piece without the need of the carving. You can see in this link all the range of anterior composites that we offer at Dentaltix, available in syringes and capsules. You can choose the tone and opacity that best suits your needs: A1, A2, A3, A3.5, A4, B1, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, D3, IB1, OA2, OA3.5 etc. For example, the GRADIA DIRECT from GC ranges of composites from GC, or SPECTRUM from Dentsply present a very wide catalogue of tones and you will surely be able to find the tone that adapts to the needs of any aesthetic restoration.
The posterior composite is especially indicated for the restoration of teeth in the posterior area. These composites are designed taking into account the increased masticatory pressure to which the posterior restorations are subjected. The result of their application is a very reliable and long-lasting dental restoration. In this link you can consult all the range of posterior composites available at Dentaltix. You can find composite kits that include syringes in different shades and the necessary accessories (adhesive, engraver, color guide, tips ...), for example we recommend the 3M Espe FILTEK P60 Kit. Or you can purchase composite refills directly in syringe or capsule, such as the 4.9g syringes of Kuraray CLEARFIL MAJESTY, or the 0.25g capsules of Kerr SONICFILL.
The fluid composite or flow is essentially characterized by its excellent adaptability and fluidity. This gives the dentist a great deal of ease in handling the composite. In dentistry, fluid composites are used to fill small cavities in teeth, such as fissures, pores or tiny residual limb caries. At Dentaltix you can find a wide range of fluid composites. We recommend the SDI Wave Flow fluid composite syringe for its excellent price/performance ratio, or the Tetric EvoFlow from Ivoclar Vivadent composite for its excellent quality and the wide range of shades available.
Universal composites are designed for use in aesthetic restorations of anterior and posterior teeth. To match the shade of the tooth enamel, these composites are available in a wide range of shades. The universal composite can be found in different formats including syringes, capsules or fluid. Among the universal composites offered by Dentaltix that stand out:
- Composite Tetric Evoceram from Ivoclar: in Kit, in syringes and in capsules
- Composite Filtek Suprem XTE from 3M: available in syringe Kit + accessories, capsules Kit + accesories, or refills
- For its quality/price ratio: Composite Micro-hibrido from Medicaline in4,5gr. syringe, or in syringe kit + accessories (adhesives, tips, brushes)
In composites with dual or self-curing polymerization it is unnecessary to carry out the polymerization process with light. For this reason, these composites are used for core build-up (because it is very useful if the core has deteriorated but the bridge is in good condition). In these cases it is used inside the bridge as a mold for the false stump.) The use of self-curing composite is also indicated for the filling of cavities in posterior teeth where greater mechanical qualities are preferred, or if the cavity is very large and the layering of a light-curing composite is very slow. Among the self-curing composites available at Dentaltix, the Dentaflux self-curing composite stands out.
Bulk Fill Composites:
Traditional composites should be placed gradually to allow complete curing of the layers and reduce shrinkage. However, Bulk Fill composites are specially designed to avoid the placement of multiple layers or to perform the entire restoration in just one layer. Their various materials are concerned with the depth of curing, their marginal integrity and their adaptation through special additives for good clinical performance, even in the application of large volumes of composite. Bulk Fill is prepared to simplify its placement as well as to provide its full potential and save time in operations. At Dentaltix you can find a wide range of Bulk Fill Composites, the most popular are Ivoclar's Tetric Evoceram Bulk Fill, Filtek Bulk Fill from 3M, or Kulzer's Venus Bulk Fill .
Orthodontic composites are resins indicated for orthodontic dental treatments, for example, used for cementing brackets, orthodontic bonding of bands, etc. Orthodontic composites are generally light-curing and release fluoride. They come in syringes or as a paste in a cartridge. Among all the orthodontic composites available at Dentaltix, Medicaline's Orthocement stands out.
As you can see, there are hundreds of composite options at our disposal. We hope that this article will help you to choose the most appropriate for each treatment and ensure success in its use. If you want to know more about what issues to consider when choosing composite, we recommend our blog article on Dental Composites: Frequently asked Questions..