Minimizing occlusal corrections in posterior multiple restorations

A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Elias Abboud

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Most clinicians share the experience of having found themselves spending a lot of time making occlusal corrections after finishing a direct composite restoration, especially when multiple teeth were involved. Although checking occlusion and taking pictures before starting the procedure may help in layering functionally and anatomically, these strategies are most effective when we only have one tooth to restore. Instead, in cases where we have multiple teeth in a quadrant to restore, a slightly more elaborate strategy may be the best option to optimize the final result.

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To get control over the occlusal anatomy while under rubber dam isolation, the MOOS technique was used (as described by Maroun Ghaleb). First of all, we created a silicone index of the opposing teeth, with a one- or two-step impression. This index can then be injected with acrylic resin to create an exact copy of the quadrant opposing the one we need to restore.

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After isolating with the rubber dam, cavities can be cleaned. A caries detector can help in ensuring all decay is removed.

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Also, all unsupported and decalcified enamel was removed with stone burs.

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Wedge and matrices were placed back to back, Selective etching was used to minimize the sensitivity after restoration, and to achieve a strong bond with enamel and dentin (superficial, middle and deep dentin).

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The acrylic copy of the opposing arch can be used as a guide in order to check occlusion while layering. Whenever we go too high during layering, placing the bite model before light curing helps mold the raw composite down to the correct level of occlusion.

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After the restoration of the molar was finished, the matrix was removed to only leave one in order to achieve a tight proximal contact.

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To obtain a polished and smooth surface, firstly, glass discs were used to get a proper contour in the proximal surfaces. Also, the restorations were sandblasted to prepare them for optimum polishing and to remove the oxygen inhabited layer.

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After polishing using EVE pink and gray Twists.

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Final result, right after rubber dam removal.

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Recall after 3 weeks, final aspect.

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Recall after 3 weeks, occlusion was checked without anesthesia.


The reconstruction of the original anatomical structures is very important, as every groove, fossa and ridge have their role in functional contacts and movements. So when a tooth is restored according to an anatomically guided pattern, very few occlusal adjustments are required.


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