Tools of the trade: Filtek and G-aenial flowable composites

Filtek flowable composite
Filtek flowable composite

by Dr Dale Gerke, prosthodontist, South Terrace Dental Care, Adelaide, SA

I do not use traditional composite paste in my surgery, instead relying on these two flowables. I am pretty sure I am the only dentist in Adelaide that has adopted such a practice.

What’s good about it

I get a better result using these two flowables. It is more technique sensitive but the marginal integrity is much better than with a traditional composite. There is better adaptation to the tooth’s surface along with any pins, posts or superstructure that are used. There is much less leakage, it is easier to place and there is no wastage because you only use what you need.

It is suitable for virtually all situations including posterior and anterior build-ups. The only time I do not use the flowables is with a class 5 on the gingiva. In these cases, I usually use GIC [glass ionomer] restorations.

These flowables are versatile and flexible. While it is technique sensitive and care needs to be taken when you first start using it, the adaptation to the margins, the flowability and ease of placement make it definitely worth trying.

What’s not so good

There is a higher shrinkage factor so multiple layering is required to overcome this problem. You also get occasional voids but they are easily fixed by drilling out and injecting some more flowable resin.

Where did you get it

G-aenial—GC Australia, Filtek—3M.


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