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04-5631-20037: Dental Composites: A Comprehensive Review

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits (4 CEs).
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Published: October 2012
Updated: August 2020
Expires:September 2020
Pages: 42
Course Instructor: Martin S. Spiller, DMD
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the basic physical properties of composites.
  • Describe acid-etch bonding.
  • Name the basic components of silicate cements.
  • Name two fluxes and describe their uses.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of micro and macro-fillers.
  • Explain thermal expansion coefficient.
  • Explain depth of cure.
  • Explain radiopacity.

Course Description

Dental Composites is a course that provides information about constituents in composite matrix, fillers, and restorations. The course describes physical properties of composites and various matrix and filler compositions and their uses. Bonding, etching, and various cement formulas are discussed as well. The course explains fluxes, resin- modified, and nano-filled and micro-filled composites. The advantages and disadvantages of various matrix and filler formulas are also explained paying attention to ease of use, appropriate applications, and wear resistance. Thermal expansion coefficients and mechanical properties of composites are described as well as their radiopacity and depth of cure specifications. Tables which provide dental professionals technical specifications of various composites are included in the course.

About the Authors

Martin Spiller graduated in 1978 from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. He is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and has been practicing general dentistry in Townsend, MA since 1984. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Spiller spent four years as an U.S. Army officer. During this time, he attended a dental general practice residency in which he received training in numerous dental specialties including oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and orofacial surgical techniques and facial trauma. In 2000, he began work on a general dentistry website ( The intention at first was to educate the general public about dental procedures and the concepts behind them.

Eventually, the website became popular with professional dental students. The content of the web pages began to reflect this readership. Dr. Spiller was asked to write this course based on academic study, hard won experience in the practice of dentistry, and his proven ability to write clear and concise content.

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 4.00
Price: $40.00

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