Traditionally, dentists would have to use several layers of composite material to fill a deep preparation—an inconvenient, time-consuming process that still didn’t produce the best results. But the introduction of bulk fill composites has made these restorations easier, more durable, and more esthetic than ever before.
Initially intended to fill voids with one placement, bulk fills have expanded to multiple indications, including anterior and posterior restorations, core build-ups, splinting, indirect restorations (including inlays, onlays, and veneers), restorations of deciduous teeth, extended fissure sealing in molars and premolars, and the repair of defects in porcelain restorations, enamels, and temporaries.
An important feature of bulk fill composites is the materials’ ability to be cured and polymerized in 1 step, saving time for clinicians and their patients. These materials are also designed to be easier to handle and clinicians can readily find a material that best suits their workflows for any indication. Read on to brush up on many of the bulk fill composites that the industry has to offer.
Aura Bulk Fill A nanohybrid universal high-strength composite Delivers 5-mm depth of cure without the need for a capping layer and with low volumetric shrinkage Offers smooth, nonsticky handling for easy placement Firm packing for easy placement, keeps its shape after sculpting, and reduces finishing and polishing time Universal shade covers most common tooth shades, minimizing errors and improving efficiency for the clinician SDI Limited800-228-5166 | sdi.com.au ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE Bioactive composite with a shock-absorbing resin matrix and bioactive fillers that mimic the physical and chemical properties of natural teeth Chemically bonds to teeth, seals against microleakage, releases calcium, phosphate, and fluoride More bioactive than glass ionomers More durable and fracture-resistant than composites Contains no Bisphenol A, no Bis-GMA, or BPA derivates Self-cure mode reduces the exothermic reaction and polymerization stresses and eliminates sensitivity caused by excessive heat and unpolymerized resin Pulpdent Corporation 800-343-4342 | pulpdent.com REVEAL® HD Bulk
HD Filler Technology allows REVEAL HD to improve the predictability and durability of posterior restorations Ease-of-use allows for simple and convenient placement of the composite in the prep Depth of cure ensures a solid restoration from the top-down Strong with exceptional handling that creates a quick, high-quality restoration Available in shades A1, A2, A3, and B1 BISCO, Inc. 800-247-3368 | reveal.bisco.com SonicFill™ 3 Bulk Fill
Its SingleFill™ Composite System eliminates the need for placing a liner or final capping layer Improved adaptation and adhesion to the internal walls and margins Improved non-sticky handling for easier sculpting, finish, and polishing Simple and easy extrusion during placement Up to 5 mm depth of cure Low shrinkage stress High flexural strength KavoKerr KerrMarketing@kavokerr.com|kavokerr.com everX Flow™
A fiber-reinforced flowable indicated for dentin replacement in direct restorations and for core build-up Reinforces restorations and displays high fracture toughness Fibers help prevent crack propagation through fillings and tooth structure to avoid failures Indicated for weakened or cracked teeth, especially after amalgam removal A very thixotropic viscosity which reduces slumping Available in 2 unique shades—the Bulk shade and the Dentin shade GC America, Inc. 800-323-7063 | gcamerica.com Filtek™ One Bulk Fill Restorative
One-step placement restorative material designed for the posterior Unique optical properties and increased opacity with excellent adaptation and handling Designed to be placed in 1 increment up to 5 mm without layering or dispensing devices True nanotechnology results in superior wear resistance and excellent polish retention without sacrificing depth of cure Available in capsule or syringe delivery in 5 shades—A1, A2, A3, B1, C2 3M™ 800-634-2249 | 3M.com/FiltekOne Grandio®SO x-tra
Quick and esthetic posterior restorations Higher level of hardness on the surface, as well as at a depth of 4 mm Higher fill content (86% by weight) and extremely low polymerization shrinkage (1.4% by volume) Excellent handling and simple high-luster polishing procedure High shade stability Suitable for many indications, including Class I and II posterior restorations and Class V restorations VOCO America, Inc. 888-658-2584 | voco.dental Estelite Bulk Fill Flow
A low-viscosity, light-cured radiopaque composite resin that can be placed in 4-mm increments Incorporates radical amplified photopolymerization initiator technology, which facilitates shortened light-curing Higher compressive strength, cavity adaptation, and lower shrinkage stress lead to more reliable restorations Excellent higher shade matching and higher opacity and glossiness ensure greater esthetics Requires no capping layer of another composite for restorations up to 4 mm Tokuyama Dental America 877-378-3548 | tokuyama-us.com Fill-Up!
A dual-cured flowable composite with antibacterial zinc oxide Placeable in a single step, assuring thorough curing and minimal shrinkage stress Produced in a Universal shade comparable to VITA A2/A3, providing excellent self-blend properties Suitable for bulk fill posterior restorations, all Class I and II fillings, cavity lining, and core build-ups Coltene 330-916-8800 | coltene.com Infinix Bulk Fill Flow
Contains QASi™ antibacterial technology that maintains restoration integrity and protects against degradation by bacteria over time Designed to eliminate acid fluctuation that causes recurrent decay Low viscosity, high depth of cure composite Ideal for posterior restorations, which are more prone to recurrent caries QASi particles kill bacteria at the restoration-tooth interface and eliminate acid fluctuation that can cause recurrent decay Nobio®
infinix.com Beautifil-Bulk Restorative
A metal-free material for bulk fill posterior restorations Incorporates bioactive Giomer Technology, giving the material long-term ion exchange for antibacterial and acid-neutralizing effects to minimize problems caused by plaque and biofilm A highly filled material that offers wear resistance and low shrinkage at less than 1.7% 4 mm depth of cure and superior compressive and flexural strength for durability Available in tips and syringe, and comes in shades Universal and A Shofu Dental Corporation
shofu.com Venus® Bulk Fill
Self-adaptive handling eliminates steps and provides coverage of cavity floor and walls Delivers a high depth of cure for polymerization of layers up to 4 mm Low shrinkage for long-lasting restorations High radiopacity for reliable diagnosis Suitable for Class I and II restorations up to 4 mm Primary teeth may allow just a single layer Kulzer North America
kulzerus.com Predicta® Bioactive Bulk
Stimulates mineral apatite formation, triggering the release of a protective layer Unlimited depth of cure ensures deepest restorations will polymerize Thixotropic viscosity for consistent placement and adaptation—low viscosity version available for a more flowable material Nano-filled for durability, polishability, and esthetics Highly radiopaque Indicated for Class I, II, III, IV, and V restorations Parkell
parkell.com SDR® flow+
Flowable bulk technology that fills and provides cavity adaptation during placement Its technology lowers stress build-up, reducing the risk of gap formation during polymerization Allows for material to be placed in 4 mm increments without an additional liner, decreasing procedural time Designed to self-level for up to 40% time savings over traditional layering techniques Dentsply Sirona
dentsplysirona.com Tetric EvoCeram® Bulk Fill
Features Ivocerin, a photo-initiator that is more reactive than conventional initiators, resulting in a deeper cure Low shrinkage and low shrinkage stress for superior margins Nano-filler technology for improved strength, high-gloss polish, and low wear 3 universal shades for more esthetic options—Universal A, B, and White Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc.
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