Minimal invasive preparation with sandblasting

8 Mar 2016 - 29862

We should try to make our greatest effort to protect healthy teeth structures in our daily practice. In this article we show a protocol of minimal preparation with sandblasting,

The complaint of patient – color alteration in the certain part of tooth. Clinical finding, occlusal cavitation permeable to the dental probe.

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Initial picture before starting the clinical procedures

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The first stage will be anesthesia and field isolation.

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Isolation with liquid dam along the edge of the lesion area to preserve from abrasion the healthy tissues around the operative area..

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Preparation of injured tissues with Rondoflex 27 micron Al2O3 particles.

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After preparation we etch the enamel with 37% orthophosphoric acid for 30 seconds. Then a self etching agent was applied (Scotchbond Universal) and doing it for a minimum of 20 seconds. After this we apply light air pressure for 5-10 seconds. After thinning the bonding layer we polymerize for 60 seconds. Then we put a minimum amount of Bulk fill composite 3M Filtek and then we finish modeling with one A3B mass Filtek Ultimate as a final layer (veneering material) as described in the Bulk and Body technique.

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Air blocking with glycerin and light curing for 1 minute.

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Polishing with silicone/abrasive wheels.

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If there are not residues from the modeling phase, we can move to polishing without passing through the finishing stage.

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Final photo after polishing, polishing and rubber dam removal.

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Photo after rehydration



We need to protect healthy tissues with liquid dam when preparing with air flow abrasive systems. This is a convenient way to do a minimal preparation without harming surrounding tissues.