Short fiber-reinforced composite restorations: A review of the current literature



Garoushi S, Gargoum A, Vallittu PK, Lassila L.


J Investig Clin Dent. 2018 Aug;9(3):e12330. doi: 10.1111/jicd.12330. Epub 2018 Feb 25.


A newly-recommended method for restoring large cavities is the biomimetic approach of using short fiber-reinforced composite (SFRC) as dentine-replacing material. The aim of the current review was to present an overview of SFRC and to give the clinician a detailed understanding of this new material and treatment strategy based on available-literature review. A thorough literature search was done up to December 2017. The range of relevant publications was surveyed using PubMed and Google Scholar. From the search results, articles related to our search terms were only considered. The search terms used were “short fiber-reinforced composite”, “everX posterior”, and “fiber-reinforced composite restorations”. Of the assessed articles selected (N = 70), most were laboratory-based research with various test specimen designs prepared according to the ISO standard or with extracted teeth; only four articles were clinical reports. A common finding was that by combining the SFRC as a bulk base with conventional composite, the load-bearing capacity and failure mode of the material combination were improved, as compared to plain conventional composite restoration. In the reviewed studies, the biomimetic restoration technique of using SFRC showed promising characteristics, and therefore, might be recommended as an alternative treatment option for large cavities. CI – © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

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Link/DOI: 10.1111/jicd.12330