Bulk Fill Posterior Restorations

7 Jan 2016 - 39398

New materials, such as bulk composites, allow us to improve our restorations making them look natural in a very fast way and without too many difficulties. In this case we present a class I made with new bulk fill material in only one increment obtaining a result feasible, teachable, and repeatable.

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Initial situation of an old restoration that produces some pain and discomfort in a female patient.

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Selective etching of the cavity preparation for 30 seconds with 37% orthophosphoric acid.

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This approach allows us to dry the enamel while we maintain dentin without etching.

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We apply two coats of universal adhesive system to auto-etch the dentin and bond to dentin and enamel properly.

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Each adhesive layer must be blown with air and suction to eliminate solvent and obtain better results.

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Application of A2 color of Bulk Fill Posterior in one increment.

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With the help of LM Arte instruments and brushes we model the occlusal surface of the molar.

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Immediate result without characterization with stains.

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Ochre stain to simulate the natural aspect of the molar.

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Pre polishing with yellow spiral disc.

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Polishing with white spiral disc.

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Immediate result.

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Checking occlusion, first we use a 400 micron paper to allow the stain to stick to the teeth.

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Then we use the 40 micron occlusion paper to make occlusal adjustments.

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Check-up two weeks later.

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The process for the restoration is really speeded-up by using this technique. From the initial situation to checking the occlusion including documentation, this case took 32 minutes.



Bulk fill materials are a very good option to make our daily dentistry easy and secure, giving our patients good long lasting results.


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2. Scolavino S., Paolone G., Orsini G., Devoto W., Putignano A. The simultaneous modeling technique. Int J Esthet Dent 2016;11:2-25