Single Shade Makeover in Posterior Restoration
Do you believe in aesthetics in one shot? A single shade in direct posterior restorations solves this problem, especially if the selected opacity is correct, this choice becomes extremely easy as the right opacity is found in the most commonly available composites.
Composite Body shades are medium opacity masses, at the very beginning of the history of aesthetic materials, these were almost the only choice, dentin or enamel shades did not exist, or they were extremely difficult to find. Little by little complementary masses started appearing.
When composite stratification became a common method, body shades became the “lazy” alternative and many colleagues were commonly criticized for “not being refined” for using these shades. It was in fact that thousand of colleagues learned by experience that in many cases layering composites was just counterproductive. The perfect example are the posterior teeth.
Body shades are different among them, even if two shades share the exact same opacity, they may be different while transmitting and blocking light, with different light scattering features, making one more effective while masking. Optical features are vast and we will discuss them in following articles.
The author and many of the fellow members of this group agree with the following statement. “Many of the best posterior restorations I have seen in my life, to my surprise were single shades”.
A modern conservative approach for direct posterior restorations help us in creating the correct shapes both for preps and for morphology which can be reached just with the commodity of one body mass. The use of stains is not mandatory but can help in increasing the depth of those restorations.
In posterior teeth, shape is of outmost importance, shade is not a trouble anymore when choosing the right opacity.
Choose very well your composite, all composites brands are different and even though many of them share the same “name” they have very different characteristics. In other words some body shades are closer to a dentin while others to the enamel.
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