Consistency in the amount of linear polymerization shrinkage in syringe-type composites

S. H. Park, I. Krejci, F. Lutz

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the composite resin in a syringe showed a consistent shrinkage through its content. Additionally, the amount of linear shrinkage was compared between materials. Methods: Five brands of syringe-type and one brand of carpule-type composite resins were used in this study. To each brand, two to three syringes were assigned. In the carpule-type composite, 15 carpules were used. The linear polymerization shrinkage was measured using a custom-made linometer. In this linometer, the amount of displacement of an aluminum disk, which was caused by the linear shrinkage of composite resin, was recorded by a computer every second for 90 s. Results: The syringe-type composites showed similar consistencies in the amount of linear shrinkage except one. The linear shrinkage of the carpule-type Tetric Ceram showed more consistency compared with syringe-type composites. The amount of linear polymerization shrinkage varied between materials. Significance: This investigation demonstrates that the use of carpule-type composites is recommended instead of syringe-types, because of the consistency in its linear shrinkage. The custom-made linometer provides an effective way to study polymerization shrinkage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-446
Number of pages5
JournalDental Materials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This investigation was supported in part by the 1997 Postdoctoral Fellowships Program from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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