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what is the fracture stress of composite

350 MPa
It is strong


what is the Young's modulus of composite

15 GPa
it is rigid


what does a large posterior cavity require from composite

composite that is high strength, high rigidity and high abrasion resistance as it needs to survive its function and withstand biting forces


what do deciduous teeth require from composite

a composite that is strong in thin sections and it’s wear is the same of that of the tooth (i.e not amalgam) as well as other important properties such as bonding, microleakage etc


describe conventional composite

strong but problems with finishing and staining due to soft resin and hard particles. The softer the resin then the softer the resin on the surface and the more likely it is to uptake stain from food and drink etc.


describe microfine composite

smaller particles, smoother surface for better aesthetics for longer period but inferior mechanical properties (elastic limit and young’s modulus)


describe hybrid composite

originally compromise between conventional and microfine. Most modern composites are hybrids - improved filler loading (higher percentage of filler) and coupling agents have led to improvement in mechanical properties


what is hardness

refers to the materials surface – we want to know whether a material is resistant to scratching, whether it is able to resist indentation.


what does abrasion result in

removal of surface layers when two surfaces make frictional contact as these are the forces that happen when we bite and grind surfaces against the tooth/restoration


what is the hardness test

test uses an indentor made of stainless steel that has a specific shape at the end. It weighs around 100g and we leave it for a period of time, 30 seconds usually and this allows an indentation to appear.
If the material is hard then the indentation should be relatively small.


what is abrasion

when the tooth grinds/slides along the opposing tooth surface (or the restorative material at its surface.


what does the tooth surface being abraded result in

a loss of material surface layers and a roughened surface.


what does the surface roughness of composite affect

o Appearance
o Plaque retention
o Sensation when in contact with the tongue


what happens to composite in wear

As the surface is removed, the resin is removed, and the glass filler particles are exposed and it is only when they are exposed do we lose them.


how does the size of the filler particle affect surface roughness

The size of the filler particles on the surface will determine the degree of surface roughness.


what are the material factors affecting wear

o Filler material
o Particle size distribution
o Filler loading
o Resin formulation
o Coupling agent


what are the clinical factors affecting wear

o Cavity size and design
o Tooth position
o Occlusion
o Placement technique
o Cure efficiency
o Finishing methods


what are the bonding properties of composite

Generally okay but some mismatches have been reported


how does composite bond to enamel

acid etch technique


what is acid etch technique

uses 30% phosphoric acid, put on enamel for 20 seconds. It takes the original enamel surface and leave ‘microtags’ within the enamel structure which you can fill with an unfilled resin


how does composite bond to dentine

through dentine/universal bonding systems


what is the typical bond strength of composite to enamel/dentine

40 MPa


why is bonding crucial

a good bond will reduce micro leakage and counteract polymerization's stress
stress transfer


what happens in polymerization shrinkage

material is trying to pull away from tooth surface it is bonded to and it tries to pull away with sufficient force and break away from tooth surface then this can create gaps


what does composite bonding to tooth mean for cavity design

no need for retention undercut.


why is bonding crucial for stress transfer

Good bonding means that when a force is applied the forces acting on the base of the composite are spread uniformly and evenly and we have a good bond then that the restoration is likely to survive a long time. If you have a poor bond then there is lots of gaps between the restoration and the tooth tissue and the stress that you put will not be spread evenly and there will be greater stress on certain regions and if there is greater stress then the material is more vulnerable to fracture.


why are hybrid composites better than microfilled composites

o elastic limit is almost double that of microfilled composite
o hybrid is almost 3 x as hard making it more resistant to abrasion


how does amalgam compare in terms of elastic modulus

double the elastic modulus meaning it is twice as rigid meaning it is twice as able to resist any movement when you subject it to stress


what are the thermal properties of composite

low thermal conductivity (good) but has a high thermal expansion coefficient which is poor


what is the thermal conductivity of composite

The thermal conductivity is low meaning that heat is transferred quite poorly as composite is an insulator not a conductor. The thermal conductivity should be low to avoid pulpal damage from hot and cold foods/fluids