Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The Benefits of Warming Dental Composite


Behold the Compex HD from AdDent.  This composite heater and dispenser is a great way to deliver warm composite.

Dental composites are a popular choice for tooth restorations because they are strong, durable, and esthetically pleasing. However, working with composite can be challenging, especially when it is cold. That's where composite warming comes in.

Warming dental composite can improve the handling, flow, and adaptation of the material, leading to better restorations. Here are some of the benefits of warming composite:

Improved handling: Warming composite makes it easier to extrude from the compule and manipulate in the cavity prep. This can reduce hand fatigue and improve precision.

Improved flow: Warmed composite has a lower viscosity, which means it flows more easily. This allows it to fill all the nooks and crannies of the cavity prep, reducing the risk of voids and gaps.

Improved adaptation: Warmed composite adapts better to the tooth structure, resulting in a more precise and esthetic restoration.

Reduced polymerization shrinkage: Polymerization shrinkage is the contraction of composite as it cures. This can cause stress on the restoration and lead to microleakage. Warming composite can reduce polymerization shrinkage, making the restoration more durable.

There are a few different ways to warm dental composite. One option is to use a composite warmer. These devices heat the composite to a specific temperature, which is typically between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius. Another option is to warm the composite using the Compex unit shown above.  This device is battery operated and warms the composite in the barrel of the gun.  I use a Compex unit for almost every composite I place.

You may want to consider warming dental composite. The benefits of warming composite can lead to better restorations for your patients.

Here are some additional tips for warming dental composite:

Only warm the composite to the recommended temperature. Overheating the composite can damage it.

Warm the composite evenly. This will help to prevent it from curing unevenly.

Use a clean, dry compule when placing warmed composite. This will help to prevent the composite from sticking to the compule.

Work quickly when placing warmed composite. The composite will start to cool as soon as it exits the heater or the cartridge if you are using the Compex unit.

Warming dental composite is a simple way to improve the quality of your restorations. By following these tips, you can ensure that your patients receive the best possible care.

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