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3M Filtek Universal Restorative

Evaluators’ Comments

  • “Very esthetic and easy to match to the Vita shade guide.”
  • “Nine shades make shade selection easier and requires less inventory.”
  • “I liked the ease of control at the margins for occlusal and interproximal restorations.”
  • “The pink opaquer blocks out dark stain perfectly.”
  • “I would like to see a flowable Filtek Universal for deep restorations and proximal boxes.”

Unique Features

  • Patented nanoparticles include nanoclusters for wear resistance and esthetics.
  • High strength, suitable for stress-bearing areas.
  • Smooth surface gloss and polish retention for excellent esthetics.
  • Proprietary low stress monomers help to relieve shrinkage stress.
  • New NaturalMatch technology, incorporating nanofillers, proprietary low-stress monomers and pigments, enable one-shade esthetics to blend more naturally with dentition.

Clinical Tips

  • Shield from ambient light.
  • Do not overwork the material.
  • Pack in gently at first and use a ball burnisher in order to achieve the best surface-margin finish.

Evaluation Highlights

Filtek Universal Restorative was evaluated by 19 consultants, with a total of 494 uses.

  • Good viscosity and handling
  • Easy to pack and sculpt
  • Pink Opaquer for blockout
  • Good shade match with natural dentition
  • High gloss finish



  • Direct anterior and posterior restorations (including occlusal surfaces)
  • Core buildups
  • Splinting
  • Indirect restorations including inlays, onlays and veneers





Filtek™ Universal Restorative contains patented nanocomposite technology designed to provide for excellent strength, wear resistance, polish retention, and esthetics. In addition, this new universal composite contains a low stress monomer that helps to relieve stress associated with polymerization shrinkage. It is available in eight designer shades plus extra white, all in a single opacity, allowing for easy shade matching with natural dentition. In addition, a Pink Opaquer (PO) is available for blocking out metal and dark dentin. Filtek Universal Restorative is available as 0.2 g capsules and 4g syringes in shades A1, A2, A3, A3.5, A4, B1, B2, D3, plus XW and PO.