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Article: Volume 42 Number 3 Page 261 - April 2015

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Restorative dentistry:  Seventeen Years of Using Flowable Resin Restoratives – A Dental Practitioner’s Personal Clinical Review

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Abstract: Seen through the author’s eyes on the basis of his practising dentistry for almost three decades, light-activated flowable resin restoratives (FRCs) or, in common clinical dental terminology, flowable composites have gradually gained major importance in restorative dentistry. Inputs to this ongoing trend are coming from continuous improvements in material properties and the favourable handling characteristics experienced with this particular group of restoratives. Intended to be used in direct adhesive filling procedures, the number and variety of recent generations of flowable composites for lining, restoration of all cavity classes (I−V), core build-ups and, more recently, ‘bulk-fill-restorations’, however, necessitates a profound clinical understanding of the selective use of flowable composites to ensure clinical success and guarantee long-term high quality results.

Clinical relevance: Today’s flowable composites allow for reliable restoration of all kinds of defects. However, both the handling characteristics and the material properties of FRCs must be fully understood before taking advantage of their potentially excellent clinical performance.

Author notes: Markus Th Firla, DMD (Dr med dent), General Dental Practitioner, Private and Statutory Insurance Services Practice, Hauptstrasse 55, D-49205 Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany.

Objective: To outline a dental practitioner’s view of flowable resin restoratives.