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Ahmed Saad

Graduated in 2014 from tikrit university , faculty of dentistry and received his professional diploma in cosmetic dentistry in 2016 from British academy .
During the two years 2014-2016 has attended a number of refresher courses and developing skill in esthetic restoration using direct and indirect techniques in anterior and posterior teeth.

Wait the Rehydration

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Proximal caries in anterior teeth is big challenges to dentist because it's in esthetic zone , SO the shade selection should be accomplished prior to rubber dam isolation to prevent improper color matching that may result from dehydration and elevated values.

Img.1 - frontal view in occlusion showing the proximal carious lesion in multiple teeth .

Img.2 - palatal view showing the carious lesion more clearly .

Img.3 - frontal view showing the proximal carious lesion in four anterior teeth .

Img.4 - isolation in such case is mandatory to be work in clean field .

Img.5 - isolation provide more visible area to the target ( the field is ready to work on ) .

Img.6 - another view with further magnification .

Img.7 - frontal view after removing the caries .

Img.8 - palatal view showing the cavities after caries removing .

Img.9 - another view showing the cervical enamel free from caries and clean .

Img.10 - total etching with 37% phosphoric acid .

Img.11 - sectional celluloid strip with emergency profile and fixed by wedge .

Img.12 - bonding the cavities with vigorous brushing . 

Img.13 - light curing .

Img.14 - palatal view before finishing and polishing . 

Img.15 - frontal view immediately after finishing .

Img.16 - the filling is marked , don't worry , wait the rehydration.

Img.17 - frontal view after removing the rubber dam .

Img.18 - palatal view after removing the rubber dam .

Img.19 - frontal view showing the rehydration and matching the color after one month control .

Img.20 - palatal view after rehydration ( one month control ). 

Img.21 - frontal view showing the result after rehydration and color matching .

Img.22 - Before and After .


When the teeth dehydrate , the air replaces the water between the enamel rods , changing the refractive index that makes the enamel appear opaque and white . If the correct shade color is selected before isolation with rubber dam , don't worry , just trust to rehydration .


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