A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Ali Almasoudi
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Modern dentistry enables us to rely on fast and simple protocols to reach a satisfying result. Proper planning and observation will help in choosing the best technique and the right composite material.
A young patient came to the clinic with a fractured central incisor, asking to restore it.
The rubber dam was placed in order to isolate the teeth from any contamination and for better focus.
Orthophosforic acid was applied for 20 seconds to etch the enamel. After thoroughly rinsing for 20 seconds, the tooth was dried completely.
Tooth surface after etching.
A universal adhesive was used on enamel and dentin (Scotchbond Universal, 3M). It is important to lay the adhesive more than once, and to blow it until it doesn’t move on the surface anymore. Then light cure.
The palatal shell is modelled freehand, supporting a mylar strip with the finger. The enamel shade was layered as thin as possible.
A small amount of dentin was applied, because of its opacity.
A white composite was applied using the Fissura instrument (LM Arte kit, powered by Styleitaliano). A very small brush can also be used in a tapping motion to distribute and absorb excess material.
After application of the final enamel layer, before finishing.
The next step is getting your transition lines.
Shape and texture is a necessary step, as important as all the other steps in the restorative process. With a pencil, the primary anatomy was marked (vertical texture).
Aesthetic appearance after polishing.
Final situation. Note the natural integration of the composite resin with the dental tissue.
The main goal of performing direct restorations with composite resins is to handle an easy workflow that allows the clinician to have a predictable, natural, functional and long lasting result. A continuous evolution of the adhesive systems and dental materials allow professionals to achieve aesthetic results for long term restorations.
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