before and after restoration of broken tooth

Making restoration shade seamless

Direct composite restorations can be a great solution to restore aesthetics and function in the anterior area if we know how to handle the material, and if we use the right protocol. The increased use of direct composite restorations can be mainly attributed to patient demand for aesthetic restorations in a very short time and on a budget, but also to the availability of composite materials with high strength and excellent aesthetics.

broken upper right incisor


Initial situation.

rubber dam isolation for composite restoratio


Rubber dam isolation and bevel preparation.

bevel preparation of class 4 cavity


After the bevel was prepared, etching and bonding procedures were carried out.

palatal composite build up for composite incisor restoration


The palatal wall was built to make the restoration easier. We now just have to fill the box.

layered composite resin on central incisor


Dentin and enamel composite masses were layered to match the color of the incisor and make the restoration seamless.

composite resin restoration after reshaping


After finishing.

composite restoration on central incisor after polishing


Polishing procedures were carried out using the Diatech Shape Guard polishers (Coltene, Switzerland).

final result of composite direct restoration


Right after rubber dam removal.

polarized picture of composite restoration for shade assessment


A polarized picture was taken thanks to the polarising filter of MDP SmileLite to check color integration.

composite restoration check after rehydration


After 2-day rehydration.

composite restoration of upper central incisor


The restoration after 6 months.

composite restoration after one year


Final result after 14 months.


Composite restorations are a very good option to restore the aesthetics and function in the anterior region, in a very short time and with a low budget. Also, in some cases, this kind of restoration can be useful when analysing shade for future ceramic indirect restoration.


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