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Special Issues
July/August 2017
Volume 38, Issue 2
Peer-Reviewed

Low-Shrink Composite With Giomer Chemistry Creates Predictable and Functional Esthetics

Robert A. Lowe, DDS

Polymerization shrinkage of composite materials and related shrinkage stress can present clinical problems that may affect the longevity of a definitive restoration and health of the tooth. Microleakage, postoperative sensitivity, and microfractures in enamel are some of the associated phenomena that can ultimately lead to restorative failure. One goal of material science has been to produce low-shrink composites (eg, Shofu Dental Corp., shofu.com) that can significantly reduce the chance of experiencing less than desirable clinical outcomes. As demonstrated in the case presented, a low-shrink universal composite with Giomer chemistry, Beautifil® II LS, was used to successfully perform a Class II restoration.

Key Takeaways

• The life of restorations and health of teeth can be affected by polymerization shrinkage and shrinkage stress.

• Low-shrink composites can be utilized to increase the likelihood of favorable clinical outcomes.

• Bioactive materials such as Beautifil II LS, a universal composite with Giomer chemistry, can provide a solution to problems associate with shrinkage.

About the Author

Robert A. Lowe, DDS
Diplomate
American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry;
Private Practice
Charlotte, North Carolina

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