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    How to get better bulk fill results

    How to save time and provide improved esthetics with 3M’s latest bulk fill composite.

    When it comes to running a dental practice, time is money. Working efficiently, without compromising high-quality clinical results, is one of the main keys to achieving success.

    This can be especially true when it comes to performing posterior restorations, which are typically time-consuming procedures. In these cases, I prefer to use bulk fill composites, which are specifically designed to shorten procedure time and provide a strong restoration with high fracture resistance that is also long-lasting and durable.

    Trending article: 3M introduces bulk fill restorative with improved esthetics

    In the past, bulk fill materials have not been as esthetic as other composites. Fortunately, the world of bulk fill composites has been evolving over the course of the last several years as the popularity of these procedures has increased year after year. This rise in the popularity of bulk fills has led to drastic improvements in the materials that are on the market, which not only save time and decrease patient sensitivity, but also provide impressive esthetics, which means that both myself and my patients are pleased with the final result!

    Another main goal that I have in my practice is to be as efficient as possible. Bulk fill composites provide the efficiencies that I require to keep my practice running smoothly. Performing the bulk fill technique allows me to place the composite all in one increment and avoid using multi-layer techniques, which saves time and helps me to complete more restorations.

    Trending article: I Use That: 3M Filtek One Bulk Fill Restorative

    In the past, bulk fill composites were more translucent, which provided a result that was less esthetic than their counterparts. For the light to reach all the way to the bottom of the restoration, bulk fill material was required to be somewhat translucent to ensure a full cure. Fortunately, 3M’s Filtek™ One Bulk Fill Restorative has an updated formula that turns more opaque as it cures, which means that the final result is not only wear-resistant and durable, but is also extremely esthetic.  

    Continue to page two to read the case study.


    Robert Margeas, DDS
    Dr. Margeas received his DDS from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1986 and completed an AEGD residency in 1987. He is an ...


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