3D-printed Crown and Direct Composite Restorations in Anterior Teeth

A clinical case by our Community member Dr Hüseyin ŞİMŞEK

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Tooth decay continues to be a disease that affects a large portion of the world’s population. The need for anterior composite restorations is increasing day by day as patients pay more attention to their aesthetic appearance. Composite resins have gained quality as a restorative option thanks to their aesthetic properties and minimal invasiveness. Various composites are available as a preferred option for restoration of anterior teeth. However, it has been shown that teeth with severe material loss are associated with a higher likelihood of restoration failure due to the longer time required to place the restoration. Anterior restorations produced with 3D printers may be a new treatment alternative for teeth with severe crown destruction, especially in children.
The current case presented a 3D-printed Crown and Direct Composite Restorations in Anterior Teeth.

style italiano styleitaliano initial situation extensive carious lesions

A 10-year-old patient presented at the clinic with extensive carious lesions. The patient exhibited poor oral hygiene habits and consumed high quantities of unhealthy snack foods.

style italiano styleitaliano Initial situation-lateral view extensive carious lesions

In the lateral view, tooth 11 displayed extensive unsupported enamel, while tooth 22 exhibited severe crown destruction due to extensive caries lesions.

style italiano styleitaliano rubber dam isolation

The maxillary anterior teeth were isolated with the rubber dam.

style italiano styleitaliano gingival retraction

Retracting the gingiva with a rubber dam and a dental floss.

style italiano styleitaliano Carious removal

All white spot lesions and caries in the central and lateral incisors were removed.

style italiano styleitaliano resin composite placement

All teeth were restored with composite. Tokuyama Estelite Asteria (A2B, A1B, White Enamel, TE) and Sigma Quick (OpA2) were used.

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Crown preparation was made for tooth 22.

style italiano styleitaliano Design of the crown

A full crown was designed using 3Shape design software.

style italiano styleitaliano permanent crown creation

The design was produced with a 3D-printer (Accuretta SOL) and permanent crown resin (Saremco, CROWNTEC).

style italiano styleitaliano glazing and staining of the 3D printed crown

Marginal fit of the crown in the lateral view. 3D-printed crown was glazed and stained to ensure color match (Optiglaze).

style italiano styleitaliano 3D printed restoration contour check

The contour of the 3D-printed restoration was checked.

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The final result, observed after three weeks.


3D-printed restorations are emerging as a dependable option for single crowns. It is crucial to factor in the capability to color and enhance aesthetics with composite materials or characterization coatings.


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