Restoring a tooth with a discoloration in the aesthetic zone is only a challenging situation. If more conservative treatments like internal bleaching don’t work properly it is possible to mask that discoloration with an opaque resin and then cover it with a body opacity. The new and modern composite resin materials allow us to work with simplicity and in an easier way. This new composites have some specific opaque resins that allow us to mask the tooth and then give back the final color with just one opacity.
A patient of 40 years old came to our office to improve the aesthetics of 1.2 tooth.
Evaluation of the tooth shade by using VITA Classic Scale.
Polarized buccal view of the 1.2.
Buccal view of the tooth after the rubber dam isolation.
After cleaning with Al2O3 particles, the surface was etched using 3M™ Scotchbond™ Etching Gel .
Bonding of the surface using 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive.
3M™ Elipar™ DeepCure-S was used for light-curing the composite.
The Pink Opaque shade of 3M™ Filtek Universal Restorative composite was applied on the surface in order to mask the discoloration.
Glycerin was applied on the surface and the composite was cured.
Finishing procedure was performed using 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Extra-Thin Contouring and Polishing Discs.
Bedge Spiral Wheel of 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Diamond Polishing System was used for gross finishing of the restored surfaces.
Pink Spiral Wheel of 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Diamond Polishing System was used as additional step for precise finishing of the restored surfaces.
Final picture without the rubber dam.
Follow up after 1 week.
New dental materials are available in the market and they could solve difficult aesthetic cases with simple and conservative way. In this article a new white opaque resin composite was placed to cover a hard discoloration which is difficult to manage without making a crown. The knowledge of new technology and materials allows to have a best aesthetic results preserving as much dental tissues as possible.
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