Direct Restorative Materials

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American Consolidated Mfg. Co. (Amco)
Apex Dental Materials, Inc.
Bisco, Inc
Bosworth Company (A Division of Keystone Industries)
Centrix, Inc.
Clinician'S Choice Dental Products, Inc
Cosmedent Restorative Dentistry
Denmat Holdings, Llc
Dentsply Sirona Restorative
DMP Ltd.
Exacta Dental Products, Inc.
GC Corporation
Glasspan Inc.
Heraeus Kulzer, LLC
Itena North America
Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
Kerr Corporation
Kuraray America Inc.
Pac-Dent International, Inc.
Parkell, Inc.
Patterson Dental
Pentron Clinical
Pulpdent Corporation
SDI, Inc.
Shofu Dental Corporation
Silmet Dental
Sultan Healthcare
The Pelican Group
Tokuyama Dental America
Ultradent Products, Inc.
Vision Usa
Vita North America
Voco America, Inc.
Zest Dental Solutions
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Universal composite materials are those with sufficient esthetic characteristics for use in anterior restorations, and with sufficient strength for posterior restorations.

While the term “universal” is not new, there is still no clear definition of dental universal composites.

It is generally agreed upon that these all-purpose dental materials are those that:
• bond to all dental substrates with a single application;
• can be used with total-, self- and selective-etch techniques;
• can be used with any dual-, self- and light-cure materials without the need for a separate activator;
• can be used for both direct and indirect substrates.

Both hybrid and nanohybrid composites are marketed as universal. Hybrid composites are submicron-filled resin composites often administered via syringe. Theses light-cured materials offer reduced polymerization shrinkage, packability, easy sculpting, high bond strength, radiopacity and the esthetics of a ceramic with excellent polishability and several available shades and translucencies. Nanohybrids are nanofill composites containing nanometer particles combined with more conventional filler technology. The mechanical properties, compressive and diametral strengths, and fracture resistance of these materials are said to be equal to or higher than those of universal hybrids. Nanohybrids also have excellent esthetic qualities, with high polishability and a lifelike opacious translucency.

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GrandioSO Universal

Voco America, Inc.

VOCO’s GrandioSO is a universal nano-hybrid restorative indicated for use in Class 1 to 5 restorations. VOCO describes GrandioSO as ideal for reconstructing damaged anteriors, splinting loose...

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This tooth-colored filling material offers low polymerization shrinkage, speed, and convenience with a direct-delivery capsule and...
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VOCO’s GrandioSO is a universal nano-hybrid restorative indicated for use in Class 1 to 5 restorations. VOCO describes GrandioSO as ideal...
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GRADIA DIRECT X has tooth-like color reflection and absorption and lifelike optical properties, including brightness, translucency, and...
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Exquisite Restoration is a light-activated, nanofill composite for anterior and posterior restorations. Exquisite Restoration has been...
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Herculite XRV is a light-cured composite by Kerr that perfectly matches natural teeth through the use of Vita shade system. Herculite is...
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Tokuyama's Estelite Sigma Quick is a universal supra-nano filled, low shrinkage composite with patented spherical filler technology. The...
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Esthet'X HD Universal Composite DENTSPLY CaulkOptimized filler technology means Esthet'X HD provides easy-to-polish, highly esthetic...
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Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative from 3M combines exceptional esthetics with excellent strength and wear-resistance for...
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Epic composites are also easy to polish. The unique formulation is also nonsticky and will not pull back with the instrument. Epic shades...
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Vit-l-escence from Ultradent is an esthetic composite system with the fluorescence and opalescence of natural tooth structure. This...
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It has surface hardness similar to that of human enamel, high mechanical strength, high durability, high depth of cure, low...
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It is radiopaque and available in 10 shades in disposable, pre-filled syringe tips. The high-viscosity, nonsticky formula offers optimum...

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  • Allison Walker

    Kerr Corporation is celebrating its 125th anniversary by continuing to innovate. Kerr ended 2016 with a bang by introducing what it’s calling the next generation of nanohybrid universal composites: an “adaptive response technology” dubbed Harmonize. Adaptive Response Technology—what is that? "ART" is a reinforced nanoparticle filler “network”...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    The late, great John Lennon penned the Beatles’ hit song “Come Together.” And what better way to come together at the Greater New York Dental Meeting than with Kerr Dental’s new universal composite, Harmonize! The next-generation Harmonize is infused with Adaptive Response Technology (ART), a unique, reinforced nanoparticle filler network with...

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  • Julie Cullen

    What the heck is supra-nano monodispersing spherical filler? And should dentists care? Turns out, yes you should. Tokuyama Dental uses 100% spherical filler in Estelite Sigma Quick universal composite, which means you can create a very high surface gloss for esthetic restorations. The particles are pretty uniform and the refractive index is...

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  • Julie Cullen

    Before I began my career as a writer and editor of all things dental, my only interaction with dentistry was brushing my teeth, flossing (sometimes), and visiting my dentist twice a year (sometimes). After being immersed in this profession, I may know more than is good for me as a layperson, but it is fun to have my friends ask me questions...

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  • Julie Cullen

    G-ænial Sculpt from GC America has one of the best features I’ve ever heard. It’s self-shining. There are many things…and people…in my life I wish were self-shining. But that’s another story for another day. Here’s a quick recap of the science behind G-ænial Sculpts self-shining, or self-polishing, effect: The surface of the material has been...

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  • Victoria Jordan

    Yesterday, the U.S. Public Health Service issued a final recommendation for the optimal level of fluoride for community water systems, which is supported by the ADA: 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water. The ADA stated that this new recommendation will help ensure an effective level of fluoride to reduce the incidence of tooth decay...

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