A clinical case by our Community member Dr. Khalid Jamal Mohammed
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Art and science this how Dentistry is defined worldwide, therefore, this concept should be practiced even in the easiest cases In this case the patient is suffering from food stagnation and sensitivity while eating or drinking Cold food and beverages. While examining the patient’s suspected tooth we can clearly see amalgam filling that is not fully adapted. All the tools required in this case were simple when compared to the results achieved.
This patient suffered from mild discomfort due to food impaction around an old amalgam filling on tooth 24 which also had decay on the distal side.
Isolation with rubber dam was done before amalgam removal according to ADA’s protocols.
The amalgam was removed first.
Then the prozimal caries was successfully removed.
Before proceeding, the cusp needed to be measured to choose the final cavity configuration. The LM Arte Cusp Misura is known to be ideal for evaluating the thickness of the natural tooth structure and choosing the restorative technique to be used. If the forked instrument tip penetrates up to its marks, the tooth structure is too weak to withstand occlusal forces with a direct restoration, and other clinical options must be considered.
Using the LM Cusp Misura to identify the minimum amount of reduction required for the buccal cusp.
The peripheral enamel was exposed and the residual material in the cavity was removed in order to achieve an ideal surface for adhesion.
A 3D scan was taken. Note how clear is the vision of the occlusal relationship between the maxillary and mandibular teeth and the available space for the indirect restoration.
3D model showing the overlay project.
3D model showing the patient’s occlusion with the indirect restoration.
Emax overlay on cast.
Rubber dam isolation. Teflon was used to protect the adjacent teeth.
The whole preparation was etched with orthophosphoric acid.
After overlay cementation
Buccal view of overlay in position right after rubber dam removal.
One month follow-up.
Dental equipment is in continuous evolution to facilitate our work; moreover, devices such as digital impressions and CAD-DAM can reduce the time required for a procedure.
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