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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-83

Ormocer – Bio-Compatible Replacement For Amalgam, Composites And Compomers

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Pradeep Jain

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Recently a new material was made available for dental restoration therapy; the ORMOCER. ORMOCER, the acronym of Organically Modified Ceramic, is a brand new material for all filling indications in the anterior and posterior areas which serves as an optimum and upto data replacement for amalgam, composites and compomers for decades. The matrix of traditional composites and compomers (Bis-GMA, TEGDMA, UDMA) has been based on the dimethacrylate developed by Dr. Bowen. The Ormocer matrix, consisting of ceramic polysiloxane (silicon-oxygen-chains), presents a whole new approach. Instead of organic dimethacryalte monomer, ormocer has a bio-compatible polysiloxane net with lower shrinkage even prior to light curing. Traditional composites and compomers polymerize organic monomers (methacryalte) only during light curing resulting in high shrinkage. In addition, residual monomers remain that are released and may lead to allergic reaction in specific cases.

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