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Elastomeric Impression Materials: A Comparison of Accuracy of Multiple Pours

Dheeraj Kumar, Anand U Madihalli, K Rajeev Kumar Reddy, Namrataa Rastogi, NT Pradeep

Citation Information : Kumar D, Madihalli AU, Reddy KR, Rastogi N, Pradeep N. Elastomeric Impression Materials: A Comparison of Accuracy of Multiple Pours. J Contemp Dent Pract 2011; 12 (4):272-278.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1046

Published Online: 01-08-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.



The aim of the present study is to compare the various elastomeric impression materials in terms of accuracy and dimensional stability, with respect to obtaining multiple casts from a single elastomeric impression at various times of pours.

Materials and methods

Three master dies were prepared for the impression making, two of these were made of brass containing a central hole with undercuts. The third die simulated a conventionally prepared typodont maxillary central incisor. Three elastomeric impression materials were chosen for the study. Each impression was poured at various time periods. Casts thus obtained were evaluated under a traveling microscope to evaluate various dimensional changes.


Addition silicones provided dies which were shorter in height and bigger in diameter. Polyethers provided dies which were shorter in both height and diameter. Condensation silicones showed insignificant changes from the master die at the immediate pour but deteriorated rapidly after that in subsequent pours.


None of the impression material showed a consistent behavior up to the fourth pour. They occasionally showed deviation from the pattern, but all these values were statistically insignificant. Polyethers showed lesser ability than both the addition silicones as well as the condensation silicones to recover from induced deformation.

Clinical significance

Addition silicones as well as the condensation silicones have better ability to recover from induced deformation when compared to polyether.

How to cite this article

Kumar D, Madihalli AU, Reddy KRK, Rastogi N, Pradeep NT. Elastomeric Impression Materials: A Comparison of Accuracy of Multiple Pours. J Contemp Dent Pract 2011;12(4):272-278.

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