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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 4     1. Apr. 1996
Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 4  (01.04.1996)

Page 253-258

Effect of bulk insertion, prepolymerized resin composite balls, and beta-quartz inserts on microleakage of Class V resin composite restorations
Applequist / Meiers
Polymerization shrinkage of resin composite at the margin can seriously decrease the longevity of the restoration. Three direct restorative techniques were evaluated for their effects on microleakage. Sixty Class V cavities were prepared in extracted human maxillary molar teeth. The cavities were restored with resin composite placed in one bulk increment, resin composite and a beta-quartz insert, or resin composite and a prepolymerized resin composite ball insert. After they were themocycled and placed in 0.5% basic fuchsin for 24 hours, the specimens were sectioned and examined for microleakage. The restorations with a prepolymerized ball of resin composite exhibited significantly more microleakage than did restorations with a beta-quartz insert or restorations inserted in bulk.