Large Class IV Restorations

A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Muhammed Bahadeen

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This patient presented to the clinic with a class IV fracture of both central incisors, and chipping of tooth 22, asking for a non-invasive esthetic treatment. A direct restorative approach was chosen and an impression was taken to get a wax up.

styleitaliano style italiano plate model of broken teeth

Impression was taken for creating a cast and perform the wax up.

styleitaliano style italiano silicone index of waxed up model

The silicone index was then fabricated on the waxed-up model to build a composite palatal shell.

styleitaliano style italiano composite color selection

Shade selection should be done within 3 minutes to avoid color mismatch due to tooth dehydration.

styleitaliano style italiano acid etching of enamel

Enamel is etched for 20 seconds.

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Our silicone index is cut and we are ready to create the palatal shell.

styleitaliano style italiano bonding application on etched enamel

A 7th generation bonding agent was used for our restoration.

styleitaliano style italiano cleansing of spatula

The LM Arte Applica instrument by Styleitaliano was used for our layering. I like to clean the instrument with ethanol before starting, and between the layering steps to remove debris, and to prevent it from getting into the composite.

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If the composite sticks to the instrument use a very little amount of composite modeling liquid. Too much liquid will create bubbles in the composite and during the finishing stage will appear.

styleitaliano style italiano palatal composite shells

The palatal shell is created using OBN from Enamel Plus HRi (Micerium), about 0.5mm to be rigid enough to resist breakage during the subsequent layering.

styleitaliano style italiano thin palatal composite build up

Lateral view shows there’s plenty of space for layering.

styleitaliano style italiano composite outline of class IV restorations

Mesial and distal walls are created using A2 Estelite Asteria (Tokuyama).

styleitaliano style italiano mamelon layering with composite

Dentin layer is applied and mamelons are recreated to give a natural translucency to the final restorations.

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Occlusal check for the enamel spacing. An A2 enamel shade will be used.

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The Applica instrument is used to place some translucent enamel composite on the incisal edges.

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Final work after placing the A2 enamel layer. Tooth 22 was restored before removing the rubber dam.

styleitaliano style italiano finishing of class IV composite restorations

Polishing strips (GC) were used to polish the mesial and distal walls.

styleitaliano style italiano pencil marks and bur for surface composite texture

Red coded rounded-end fissure bur was used to create surface texture, at slow speed to have a better control.

styleitaliano style italiano composite polishing paste and star felt

The Lucida polishing system was used to polish the restorations.

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styleitaliano style italiano finished class IV composite restorations

Final result.

styleitaliano style italiano class IV polished composite restorations

One-week follow-up.


The restoration was done in two visits one visit for taking an impression and wax up, and the next visit for the restoration to provide accurate measurement for the restoration with proper shape and texture. Not every case can be done in a single visit some cases require more than a visit to provide the patient with the proper result.


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Magne P, Belser UC. Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry. Quintessence Pub, 2021.


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