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Monaldo Saracinelli

Anterior single mass direct restorations

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The modern restorative dentistry is based on the principles of adhesion and minimal invasiveness. Composite materials in particular have been imposed on the market as the solution of restoration is no longer temporary, but permanent and universal, and today there is a treatment plan that does not include their use as a seal, front or rear restoration.
The perfect knowledge of the strengths and techniques of application of these materials is essential for every dentist to get the best results from working time corrected.
The direct restorative approach in anteriors, frequently being a main concern for the clinician, must always constitute the best therapeutic option in terms of minimal invasiveness and possible future correction or substitution, especially in young patients, as it offers an obvious advantage in terms of long-term prognosis for the tooth, making it possible to postpone more invasive, both biologically and economically, prosthetic techniques.

Img. 1 - Pre operative picture
Img. 2 - Ceram X Universal on 2.1
Img. 3 - Ceram X Universal on 1.1
Img. 4 - Light curing. No adhesive treatment
Img. 5 - Overtime, remember to chose the correct mass on its thickness base, because increasing the thickness increases the saturation as well as the opacity of the color.
Img. 6 - A2 mass was selected.
Img. 7 - Removing composite masses with Styleitaliano Eccesso instrument.
Img. 8 - Rubber dam isolation.
Img. 9 - Preparing and cleaning the cavities. Caries detector. Vestibular view.
Img. 10 - Caries detector, palatal view.
Img. 11 - Caries detector rinsing.
Img. 12 - Cleaned and finished class IV and III (passing and not passing through), cavities. Vestibular view.
Img. 13 - Palatal view.
Img. 14 - Silicon mask done on the initial shape before preparing the teeth.
Img. 15 - Metallic sectional matrices stabilized with a drop of flow composite to manage both the mesial III classes on teeth 1.1 and 2.1 at the same time.
Img. 16 - 37% phosphoric acid etchant gel on dentin and enamel.
Img. 17 - Etch and rinse, two step adhesive system.
Img. 18 - Adhesive light curing.
Img. 19 - Use of composite tips in small cavities to exploit syringe pressure having less air bubbles and avoiding voids.
Img. 20 - Photocuring both the cavities at the same time.
Img. 21 - Matrices removing with and orthodontic How forcep.
Img. 22 - Mesial III classes filled palatal view.
Img. 23 - Etching the IV distal class cavity on 1.1 and protecting 2.1 with teflon tape.
Img. 24 - Rinsing of phosphoric acid.
Img. 25 - Primer bonding adhesive system. Apply multi layers.
Img. 26 - 60 seconds photo curing.
Img. 27 - Palatal wall aspect after removing the silicon stent.
Img. 28 - Anatomic distal emergency profile due to the transparent sectional matrix.
Img. 29 - Correct shape and marginal ridge management in oxygen absence due to perfect matrix collapsing on the tooth.
Img. 30 - Photocuring.
Img. 31 - Use of Styleitaliano Modella instrument in managing distal 2.1 profile.
Img. 32 - Easy finishing with round diamond Ceram X gloss rubber tip.
Img. 33 - Final restorations aspect under the rubber dam. Vestibular view.
Img. 34 - Palatal view.
Img. 35 - Final immediate outcome after dental dam removal.
Img. 36 - 6 months scheduled recall



The evolution of restorative materials, pushed by dental practitioners themselves, has led dental companies to the production of new composite masses with a balanced degree in terms of translucency that, based on the thickness applied, make it possible to appropriately masque both the preparation limit and the restoration itself, without resorting to complex stratification techniques and providing a good esthetic result with a limited number of shades at the same time.
Modern filling materials technologies that have recently come out on the market provide, thanks to shape and dimensions of filler particles, simplified stratification techniques, together with a smooth surface texture and a high degree of glossiness.



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