Shofu Beautifil Flow Plus X
Beautifil Flow Plus X is a bioactive injectable hybrid restorative with a newly developed patented nano S-PRG filler. It is formulated with Giomer chemistry, including fluoride release and recharge, and features improved handling and polishing to maintain a long-lasting shine. Beautifil Flow Plus X is self-leveling, stackable, and sculptable. It esthetically blends with the natural tooth shade and features a high flexural strength.
The patient was expecting a simple filling. The patient was expecting the tooth to not be sensitive afterward. The patient was not planning to hear me say, “Um, you know that simple filling that was going to cost a little bit? Well, the decay was deeper than I expected, so now you need a root canal, buildup, and crown. And it will cost a lot.”
Whenever a restoration is deep and we choose to move forward without endodontic therapy, the possibility exists that the patient will show up to the office later, frustrated about sensitivity. Because of this, clinical dentistry has been introduced over the past 5 decades to a myriad of bases, liners, and varnishes with the principal responsibility to provide a buffer between the nearly exposed viable pulpal tissue and the restoration.
Bonded Flowable Resins
This disparity in liner options has left most dentists without a clear answer until recently...
Shofu Dental, a supply manufacturer of abrasives, cameras, and various restorative materials, introduced Giomer technology to the dental market. Giomer-based restorative materials from the Beautifil line are unique in that they:
possess sculptability similar to traditional packable and sculptable composites
can be used with any adhesive light-cured bonding system
have hardness similar to traditional flowable and packable composites
possess similar polishability to competing composites
constantly release various ions that reduce microleakage, inhibit bacterial growth, and reduce pulpal sensitivity.
It is the last bullet point that makes this restorative option unique. Most dentists would agree that they feel most comfortable using a liner that behaves the same way as the restorative material that will eventually inhabit the cavosurface margin.
Samples of Shofu’s Beautifil Flow Plus X, a flowable, nanohybrid, Giomer composite that is FDA approved for both anterior and posterior restorations, were sent to several members of the Catapult Education™ product evaluator group.
This product was available in 2 viscosities: low flow and no flow. The clinicians were asked to use this restorative material in a variety of clinical cases and asked to fill out a comprehensive survey about their experience using the product. Following is a summary of their experience. The Catapult clinicians used this product for anterior restorations, deep restorations, aligner attachments, pit and fissure restorations, liners under crowns, and more.
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Because of Beautifil Flow Plus X’s properties as a bioactive composite with high compressive strength, wear resistance, and polisbability, it can be used in a variety of restorative solutions, including Class I-V cases, as a liner, and as a preventative resin restorations.
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Beautifil Flow Plus X is formulated with Giomer chemistry, a bioactive surface pre-reacted glass (S-PRG) filler that actively releases 6 beneficial ions, including fluoride. Giomers not only release, but also actively recharge fluoride to provide continual protection to the tooth.
Survey respondents were asked to rank one of the following options as their favorite feature of this flowable product. Although some respondents were most impressed with the Giomer properties and polishability, most respondents were incredibly impressed with the handling. Giomer bioactivity, found in the Beautifil line of restorative materials, is said to do the following:
Reduce/eliminate secondary decay
Strengthen the tooth structure
Reduce plaque formation
Reduce/eliminate postoperative sensitivity
One of the features of this product is the reduced filler particle size, which allows the product to polish in less time and with a higher level of gloss. Regarding this feature, 100% of survey respondents found the resultant polishability to be “excellent, outstanding, and next level.”
Survey respondents were asked to
use this product in a variety of restorative techniques, and 0% reported that any patients complained later of
sensitivity. Additionally, 100% of the survey respondents had an excellent
overall impression of this product,
with 100% expressing that they were very likely to recommend this product to a colleague and 100% planning to
continue using this product in their
Catapult Education™ has developed stringent criteria that must be met to attain the Catapult Education Vote of Confidence™, requiring that a certain percentage of evaluating clinicians rate a product as either very good or excellent, intend to recommend the product to colleagues, and intend to continue using the product.
It is incredibly rare for a product to achieve a 100% rating from every participant. For this reason, it is without hesitation that we would like to bestow the Catapult Vote of Confidence™ to Shofu Dental for their Beautifil Flow Plus X restorative product.
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