Using the Front Wing Technique
A clinical cases by our Community member Dr Matthias Kuhn.
Minimally invasive dentistry contains a variety of treatment options to restore lost tooth structures or even construct new tooth shapes. An additive restoration concept, in combination with composite or ceramic restorations, secures the protection of tooth structure. The preferences of the dentist determines the choice of the restoration material. In this case a direct resin composite restoration was chosen to close a diastema between 11 and 21.
Occlusal view before treatment. Multiple caries and lesions are visible.
The initial situation after application of the rubber dam.
Cleaning of the surfaces.
Situation after surface conditioning with 35% phosphoric acid.
Application of the sectional matrices and wedges.
Frontal contour of 11, 21 after removal of the matrices. There is a slight cervical contour deficit on 11.
Marking the primary anatomy.
Occlusal view after completion of all restorations and before starting the finishing procedure.
After the first surface treatment, I noticed the contour deficit on 11 and I added a small amount of composite in the cervical area.
Situation after removal of the rubber dam.
The final picture at the end of the first appointment.
Frontal view after one week. There was no need to polish the restorations again, as they showed a good integration.
Lateral view after one week.
Situation after 6 months. Please note the migrated papilla.
The Front Wing Technique is a precise way to close a diastema because of its workflow and the good control of the aspired emergence profile.
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