Minimally invasive treatment of cervical caries

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Treating cervical caries in anterior teeth is a routinely challenge in our practice. To safeguard aesthetics and sound tissues, as in any other challenge, different approaches can be used, as long as feasible and repeatable.

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Initial situation, a young patient who will receive an orthodontic treatment, has cervical caries and hypomineralized enamel at teeth 23 and 24.

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Isolation was done by using a heavy sheet of rubber dam with floss knots retracting the gingiva, exposing more of the tooth structure to have a better vision and access to the lesion.

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The patient refused infiltration treatment for financial reasons. Preparation was minimally invasive, as lesions were cleaned by Aluminum oxide sandblasting (AquaCare).

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After sandblasting teeth were perfectly clean, and ready for the bonding procedures.

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Etching with phosphoric acid for 30 seconds.

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Tooth surfaces after etching. As the preparation was limited within the enamel, an enamel composite shade is the only one needed.

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Enamel shade from the CompoSite system (White Dental Beauty, Optident UK) has a great shade matching due to its superior mimicking properties, and also has very good manipulation characteristics.

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Restorations were finished by enhance cups (Dentsply, USA) and polished using the simplified Lucida system, star felt and sub-micron, hybrid and water-soluble paste.

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Final situation after polishing, enamel shade from the CompoSite system (White Dental Beauty) has a natural shade matching and high polishability that helps us get natural fillings when it is polished by the right polishing system.

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Recall visit.


In this kind of cases, a minimally invasive treatment is always the right choice, while satisfying the highly esthetic needs of our patients by applying an easy procedure associated with using a good equipment and products, as the first step to achieve an excellent final result.


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