December 10, 2013
ADA Laboratory evaluates 12 bulk-fill composites in the Review
Companies have marketed these restorative materials since 2009 with claims that they save time, have greater depth of cure and lower polymerization-induced shrinkage stress. The ADA Laboratory purchased 12 bulk-fill materials for the Review evaluation.
"This evaluation has elicited considerable interest," said Dr. David Sarrett, the Review's editor. "In just a month, the online issue has received more than 51,000 visits."
"I've been reading the Professional Product Review for years," says Dr. Paul Klein, a general dentist and continuing education instructor in Boynton Beach, Fla. "I use it for myself personally and in classes I teach for other dentists."
Of volume 8, issue 3 of the Review, which contains the ADA Laboratory evaluation of bulk-fill composites, Dr. Klein said, "There are a lot of new bulk-fill materials, and this issue provided very current information. I was very interested to see how the results compared to manufacturer claims because I was concerned about the percentage of cure from top to bottom. It's a very timely issue and applicable to any dentist that uses bulk-fill materials. I ended up using the information in a lecture I did for other dentists."
The ADA Professional Product Review is a quarterly online publication of the ADA's Council on Scientific Affairs. The current issue and archives dating back to 2006 can be accessed at www.ada.org/ppr. ADA members can suggest products for future evaluations at firstname.lastname@example.org