Masking a severe discolouration with direct CompoSite restorations

Quite frequently, when patients come to be seen with this kind of situation, the question arises of what method to use in restoring the teeth: direct or indirect. This is especially true when the tooth has been previously treated endodontically. When discussing the advantages and shortcomings of different methods with the patient, it is important to consider the materials to be used for the restoration, how much time will be needed, and the wishes of the patient. Regardless of the situation, I always start with how the patient presents, as well as the amount of surviving tissue.

smile with old composite on central incisors

A couple of months ago a young lady came to me for treatment. She asked me to replace her old restorations, which she had had for the last 10 years, with new ones.

button-try composite shade selection

Before setting to work I select the color for the restorations. I use small amounts of CompoSite resin, expose them to a curing light, and, together with the patient I evaluate which shades will be used.

silicone index for direct adhesive restoration

A silicone key was fabricated before starting treatment as the patient was happy with the shape and length of the old restorations.

rubber dam isolation of old composite veneers

Not a single treatment takes place without high-quality isolation, since all the materials are sensitive to moisture. It is also very convenient for both the dentist and the patient.

severely discoloured central incisor

I remove the old restorations and evaluate the tooth tissue volume.

occlusal cavity for root canal treatment

Tooth 11 was previously treated endodontically.

opaque shade to mark the discolouration with composite

Because of the severe discoloration, an opaque shade was used to cover tooth 11.

palatal composite shell for direct incisor reconstruction

The palatal walls were built using the previously fabricated silicone key.

occlusal view before composite veneering

Occlusal view.

composite shape box for incisors before layering

The palatal and proximal walls allow to concentrate on the layering.

layering masses for direct veneers

A darker shade was layered in the cervical area, and a lighter one on the incisal. Translucent and opalescent shades were used to get a natural effect.

pencil marks for angle line definition on direct veneers

Before proceeding to contouring, the future outline is marked with an ordinary pencil. Then, a red-banded flame bur is used to create the shape of the restoration.

finished direct veneers before polishing

The finished restorations before rubber dam removal and polishing.

direct composite resin veneers

The final result after polishing.

boere and after replacement of composite restorations

Before and after.

smile with natutal looking composite veneers

The smile of a happy patient.


Modern composite resin makes it possible not only provide patients with swift, high-quality treatment, but also to maintain a high aesthetic standard. With a broad spectrum of shades and various optical characteristics, the final result appears very natural.


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