Bonding Modified Stamp Technique

Direct posteriors - Tips and tricks
13 Nov 2017

Everybody knows the so called ” stamp technique “, which is a modern and fast way to reproduce the original anatomy of the tooth we need to restore, if we start from a perfect and sound morphology. In the original technique to avoid the sticking of the stamp to the composite we used to use a piece of teflon PTFE that must be put between the stamp and the restoration. But this leads to have some problems, among them: not perfect replication of the morphology, no possibility of removal of the excess immediatly before light curing, no possibility to sculpt back the morphology before lightcuring.

So the author proposes a new technique that allows to remove the stamp while the composite is still plastic, to remove then the excess and to refine the sculpting of the material, just using a little amount of bonding on the stamp. Whit this there’s no more the need of the teflon tape and the stamp won’t stick to the material at all. 

Fig. 1

Pre-operative view of the quadrant ( details ) 

Fig. 2

Isolation of the field with the rubber dam 

Fig. 3

Details of the opening of the cavities and exposure of the caries

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Details of the preps

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After the adhesive procedures a layer of composite is placed inside the cavity 

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The stamp previously made is now wet with bonding 

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The stamp is applied directly on the composite 

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It is removed while the composite is still plastic, without any problem of stickness for the presence of the bonding on it  

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Then the shape and morphology can be improved due to the fact that the composite is still plastic 

Fig. 10

The stamp’s used as the same in the neighbour teeth

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Details after the easy removal of the excess and final shapes

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Details after the application of a little of brown stains and after the finishing and polishing procedures 

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Details after 24 hours 

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Occlusal check 

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One month control 



A simple tool can help us in saving time and doing everyday routine in a fast and precise way. Now it’s even better and faster. 


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