Composite restorations have been used in dentistry since the 1960s.
Over the last few decades, there has been an increased demand for cosmetic procedures. This demand has pushed dental material manufacturers to continuously develop materials that are not only durable but that also closely mimic natural dentition.
Composite materials have evolved over the years to provide an economical, conservative option for both anterior and posterior restorative procedures. The unique properties of composite materials make them ideal for cases that may require easy repair or the need to self-adjust.
Composite restorations have clear advantages over other dental materials.
They provide a viable option and should be considered for treatment in various restorative cases.
Composites have limited minimal thickness requirements, which allows for incredibly conservative preparation designs.
Composite is highly esthetic, with properties that mimic natural teeth, and also can be bonded to the tooth.
Composite restorations provide less wear to opposing dentition than other dental materials.
They are also straightforward to adjust, making it simple to customize chairside.
Laboratory fabricated composite resins offer additional curing methods beneficial to the material's strength and longevity.
There are many composite materials on the market for use in the indirect laboratory fabrication method. After researching and testing numerous composite materials, the restorative team at Burbank Dental Lab has found great success with the Ceramage (SHOFU) and Lava Ultimate (3M).
The following are benefits to consider for each of these material options.