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ADA Laboratory evaluates 12 bulk-fill composites in the Review

December 10, 2013

Bulk-fill composite materials are a hit in the fall issue of the ADA Professional Product 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 ADA Professional Product Review. ADA members can suggest products for future evaluations at