Single Central Incisor. A case report.

A solitary tooth fracture can present a significant aesthetic concern for the patient’s well-being, as well as pose a meticulous challenge in terms of aesthetics.

The selection of enhanced restorative materials that mimic the physical properties and other characteristics of natural teeth, along with restorative techniques like proximal adaptation, palatal wall placement, and incremental layering, establishes the foundation for achieving an aesthetically pleasing restoration.

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A 33-year-old man visited my dental practice seeking a solution for his fractured tooth. He expressed a preference for a conservative approach to restore his tooth without causing additional wear.

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Close-up intraoral examination was conducted to analyze the fracture on the incisal edge of tooth 11.

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As a first step, isolation was achieved using a rubber dam. Nowadays, dentists recognize the importance of the rubber dam in facilitating technical precision.
For color selection, the “button-try” technique was employed. Clear translucent CL (Venus Pearl, Kulzer GmbH) and Opaque medium chromatic OMC (Venus Pearl, Kulzer GmbH) were chosen for this case.

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styleitaliano style italiano preparation of chipped edge for adhesion

The surface was polished, and the edges were softened to prepare for the restoration. This step is crucial as sharp edges can affect the transition between the tooth and the restoration. With the preparation completed, the tooth was now ready to receive the restoration.

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Following the wax-up, a silicone palatal key was utilized to transfer the future design to the patient’s mouth.
When employing a rubber dam, positioning the silicone guide in the anterior region can pose its own challenges, so it’s essential to always double-check the position of the index. To facilitate this process, we utilize B4 clamps.

styleitaliano style italiano surface treatment for adhesion

The bonding agent, Bond, was applied and brushed onto the enamel surface for 20 seconds following a 30-second etching process. Subsequently, it was gently air-blown for at least 5 seconds and then light-cured for 20 seconds.

styleitaliano style italiano palatal build-up Kulzer Venus Pearl composite

The palatal wall was layered using the translucent composite CL (Venus Pearl, Kulzer GmbH). This specific composite was selected to augment the natural translucency of the teeth and enable light transmission through the surface.

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Copying the translucency of tooth 11 to tooth 21.

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We applied white stains between the final layer of dentin and the last layer of enamel to replicate the white spots present on the patient’s natural tooth.

styleitaliano style italiano final result after direct composite restoration

The final layer of enamel was added, and polishing was performed using Lucida™ Star Felt and Paste. This system enables a single-step polishing of the composite restorations, ensuring a smooth and glossy finish.

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A close-up assessment of the micro and macro anatomy of the restoration.


The restoration of a single tooth presents a significant aesthetic challenge. Direct restorations offer a successful, minimally invasive treatment option with minimal cost and reduced chair time.

When attention is given to proper preparation design, adherence to adhesive protocols, and meticulous finishing and polishing procedures, direct restorations can achieve aesthetic results comparable to ceramics.


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