Clinical and Experimental Evaluation of the Effectiveness of «Soft-Start» Polymerization in Dental Composite Restoration

Timur V. Melkumyan, PhD, ScD, Kamola D. Makhamadaminova, Erkin Kh. Kamilov

Tashkent Medical Academy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

*Corresponding author: Assoc. Prof. Timur V. Melkumyan, PhD, ScD, Therapeutic Dentistry Department, Tashkent Medical Academy. 2, Faroby str., 100109, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Tel: 998-91-1653991


The clinical and experimental efficiency of the soft-start polymerization technique in composite restorations was studied. In this study, 57 patients between 30 and 44 years of age with secondary caries had 158 restorations done using the photo-composite material Filtek Z250. The restorations performed were distinguished into two groups, the basis of the photo-polymerization method of employed (conventional polymerization technique and "soft-start" polymerization technique). The objects of the study also included the specimens of 18 extracted teeth. The analysis of the data indicates that employing the "soft-start" polymerization technique provides better integration of the composite material to the hard tissues of the tooth. This conclusion was best demonstrated in cases where the dentin was a connecting link in the chain "substrate-hybrid layer-composite".

composite materials; dental restoration; «soft-start» polymerization.

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