Direct Restorative Materials

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Direct Restorative Materials Miscellaneous(21)
Core-Build Up Materials(26)
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
Dentsply Sirona Restorative
DMP Ltd.
Exacta Dental Products, Inc.
Glasspan Inc.
Itena North America
Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
Kerr Dental
Kulzer, LLC
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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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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Esthet'X HD Universal Composite DENTSPLY CaulkOptimized filler technology means Esthet'X HD provides easy-to-polish, highly esthetic...
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A single-bottle bonding agent has finally been developed that provides exceptional clinical results. Superb Universal Adhesive combines...
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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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GRADIA DIRECT X has tooth-like color reflection and absorption and lifelike optical properties, including brightness, translucency, and...
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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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Grandio—Flowable universal nano-hybrid composite designed to provide excellent wear resistance and handling characteristics.
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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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Exquisite Restoration is a light-activated, nanofill composite for anterior and posterior restorations. Exquisite Restoration has been...
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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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It has surface hardness similar to that of human enamel, high mechanical strength, high durability, high depth of cure, low...

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  • Allison Walker

    Like most technological advancements in dentistry, composites have continued to evolve to the point where one product may be all that is needed to provide most direct restorations in the dental practice. Universal direct composites were developed to simplify the process of delivering highly esthetic and durable direct restorations while reducing...

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  • Allison Walker

    Superb Universal Adhesive from Apex Dental Materials is a universal single-bottle bonding agent. It combines the etchant, primer, and bonding resin into one step, and one bottle. Superb has been shown to be consistent, easy to apply, and have little to no technique or postoperative sensitivity. Superb Universal Adhesive can be used in all...

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  • Allison Walker

    A recent issue of Dental Product Shopper featured cases by two dentists using Zest Dental Solutions products: treating a full arch with a LOCATOR F-Tx temporary prosthesis followed by a fixed F-Tx prosthesis; and providing a bulk-filled direct restorative composite restoration. A patient presented to Dr. Pär-Olov Östman with hopeless dentition...

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  • Allison Walker

    Pre Op Dr. John Kanca reported a case where a bulimic patient of his had a level of damage to the lingual side of her anterior teeth that required restoration. Noting that, ideally, the best thing to do would be get her bulimia under control, and that he debated providing crowns, he decided to do direct restorations, feeling that the added cost...

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  • Allison Walker

    Dentsply Sirona recently introduced TPH Spectra ST, a universal composite comprised of the innovative SphereTEC spherical prepolymerized fillers. SphereTEC fill technology is Dentsply Sirona’s new proprietary method for manufacturing “microscaled,” rounded, submicron glass superstructures. This new particle size distribution enables the product...

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  • Allison Walker

    Reflectys is a light-cured, radiopaque, nanohybrid composite material that can be used to restore either anterior or posterior teeth, all cavity classes (I-V) and fractured teeth, in adults and children. I’m not a dentist, but I’m guessing Reflectys couldn’t be more universal. This composite from Itena North America comes in 16 shades, making it...

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