A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Sarmad Hijran
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This case came to me with multiple issues in the posterior area. A bad composite restoration at 45, a fractured amalgam restoration at 46, and the same at 47 with a recurrent carious lesion. The patient wished to fix them all.
Old restorations were removed after rubber dam isolation, and carious tissue was cleaned. The dark area of discoloured dentin was covered with a new liner, so it would not show through the composite layers.
Face-to-face class 2 is always a challenge. Two matrices were placed to restore the cavities and removed, one at a time after turning the cavity in a class 1.
First proximal ridge was built and the matrix removed.
Contact area restored and boxes closed, then we were ready to restore the occlusal anatomy.
Occlusal anatomy was restored, with beautiful natural appearance. A few extra anatomical features were added to the surface and some tint to enhance the appearance of the restorations.
Occlusal check, revealed a very little high spots which is more than ideal after restoring multiple molars, especially after replacing usually very flat amalgam restorations. To achieve such pre-finishing precision, thorough knowledge of the posterior anatomy is key.
After occlusal correction, the restorations were polished with the single-step Lucida composite gloss system.
Tip: just a few drops, no need to make a mess.
Polishing with the Lucida star-shaped felt.
Tip: try to use low speed first, and then increase the speed for more gloss.
Final result reveals a nice, glossy surface.
Composite restorations are the modern solution for many problems regarding posterior teeth. Correct use of composite and thorough scientific knowledge ensure great outcomes and consistent results. Of course, the artistic side of the dentist is a plus. Composite restorations are long lasting and natural-looking if we know how to make the best of the material.
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