A 20 years old male patient came to my attention complaining about not being able to floss properly between the first upper premolar and the first upper molar.
After an X-ray evaluation that revealed secondary caries on 24, it was clear the old restoration had to be replaced.
I put the rubber dam on as usual before excavation to retract the soft tissues thus obtaining a more comfortable working space.
As I removed the old restoration, the clean cavity was deep in dentin and really narrow.
Due to the proximity with a healthy molar, I used some teflon tape to protect it during bonding procedures.
A flowable composite was used to perform the Immediate Dentin Sealing and the cervical margin reinforcement. Venus Bulk Flow ONE (Kulzer) is a one-shade bulk-fill flowable that has got a good color adaptation in one single shade and a low shrinkage stress. With a sharpened instrument (Fissura Dark Diamond Edition – LM arte) the flowable was uniformly spread on the exposed dentin.
A sectional matrix (QuickMat 0.25 – Polydentia) was held in place by a wooden wedge (Polydentia) and a specific ring (myRingClassico – Polydentia) showing a perfect and natural adaptation to the cavity. Then, a packable composite (Venus Pearl ONE, Kulzer, Germany) was used to convert the class II into a class I.
A new edition of a highly performing instrument, called Condensa (LM Arte Black Diamond Edition, LM, Finland) was the ideal choice to handle the composite, thanks to its new black non-stick coating. Moreover, the Venus Pearl ONE is minimally sticky, so, the combination with its excellent sculptability makes this composite the perfect choice to easily and quickly restore a II class cavity.
Mistakes or imperfections were corrected with an abrasive disc before going ahead, to make the occlusal layering more anatomically precise.
Exploiting the residual anatomical information, this composite easily allowed me to perform a really tooth-like restoration. The LM Applica, thanks to its flexibility, is highly performing in this kind of situations.
Small corrections were required, but the material kept the given shape very well, and its esthetic aspect made the result very natural and very close to the ideal final outcome.
The Bella instrument is an additional tool that can make placing and removing a wooden wedge, and the finishing procedures easy even in narrow spaces as in this case.
Polishing was carried out with Venus Supra (KULZER) two-step polishing system with pre- and high-gloss rubs at 5.000 – 8.000 rpm. These silicone brushes are made of highly filled silicone with microfine diamond powder and are tailor-made for Venus composites (Venus Diamond ONE and Venus Pearl ONE). Twist brushes are ideal because their bristles are flexible and can easily access fissures.
After rubber dam removal. Even though it’s safer to wait for rehydration of the tooth to evaluate shade, the color matching and the blending of the composite were already impressive.
One month later, after rehydration nothing changed and the restoration was stunningly integrated.
Venus composites are highly recommended for several reasons:
- The color matching is no longer a problem because of their chameleonic properties. As clearly shown in the last two pictures, the color integrates with the tooth both when dehydrated and hydrated; in other words, no need to worry about the color in such cases.
- The handling makes it possible to create realistic anatomical features with primary and secondary ridges. Venus Pearl ONE is soft, but keeps the shape steadily and is not sticky.
- Their polishing system in two easy steps gives the restoration a beautiful glossy, long-lasting, aspect.
- The time taken for such restorations is incredibly reduced, and the guarantee of success really high even in less experienced hands.
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