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Elastic dental impressions, Introduction to Elastomers, Silicones


The silicone impression materials are classified according to the type of chemical reaction by which they set:

  1. Addition
  2. Condensation

Addition silicones

Can be used as a one or two stage technique. May be used in special or stock trays. The very heavy bodied materials are measured in scoops and are mixed by hand until homogeneous in colour.

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Example of an addition silicone

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An impression taken in Xantopren Green                 Xantopren impression with beading

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Addition silicone impression material being used to take an impression of implants

Properties of Addition Silicones

These materials are often termed vinyl polysiloxanes. Supplied in 2 pastes or in a gun and cartridge form as light, medium, heavy and very heavy bodied. One paste contains a polydimethylsiloxane polymer in which some methyl groups are replaced by hydrogen. The other paste contains a pre-polymer in which some methyl groups are replaced by vinyl groups, this paste also contains a Chloroplatinic acid catalyst. On mixing, in equal proportions, crosslinking occurs to form a silicone rubber. Setting occurs in about 6-8 minutes.

Good shelf life
Dimensionally stable
Moderate tear strength
Excellent surface detail
No gas evolution
Non toxic and non irritant

Ease of use
Fast setting
Wide range of viscosity’s

Hard to mix
Sometimes difficult to remove the impression from the mouth
Too accurate in some circumstances (cast produced is not sufficiently oversized)

Condensation Silicones

Used for crown and bridge work mainly, but also for partial dentures, implants and overdentures. Used in stock trays or special trays. One or two stage impression stage. Although dimensionally stable the impression should be cast within 24 hours.

Supplied as a paste and liquid or two pastes, in light, medium, heavy or very heavy bodied (putty).

Silicone polymer with terminal hydroxy groups

Crosslinking agent (organohydrogen siloxane)
Activator (dibutyl-tin dilaurate)
On mixing the two pastes react, cross linking occurs and setting takes about 7 minutes.
The setting reaction is a condensation reaction.
Hydrogen gas is evolved on setting which leads to surface pitting, and a roughened surface to the resulting model.

Hydrogen gas evolution on setting
Moderate shelf life
Moderate tear strength
Good surface detail
Shrinking of impression over time
Non toxic and non irritant
Very elastic (near ideal)

Ease of use
Can be used on severe undercuts

Hydrogen evolution
Liquid component of paste/liquid system may cause irritation