Direct Esthetic Restorative Materials
There are four types of direct esthetic restorative materials currently in use. They are:
- Hybrid Ionomers
- Glass Ionomers
Composites are dominating the materials used for direct esthetic restorations. Glass ionomers are primarily used for restorations of cervical eroded areas. Hybrid ionomers provide better esthetics than glass ionomers. Compomers provide improved handling and fluoride release when compared with composites.
Composites are esthetically better, strong and wear resistant but low or lack fluoride release. Compomers are less wear resistant, are esthetically pleasing and release fluoride. Hybrid ionomers, when compared to compomers, release more fluoride but are less wear resistant, hence not used in posterior restorations. Glass ionomers release the maximum fluoride, best for restoration in patients with high caries risk in low stress bearing areas.
Uses of Composites, Compomers, Hybrid Ionomers, and Glass Ionomers