Ethics and Economics of Composite Resin Restoration
When I began my dental career, the full crown was really the main option being taught for esthetic dentistry. With the development of composite resins, we could refrain from reducing valuable enamel.
Bringing Composite Resins to an Art Form in the Anterior Segment
Esthetic dentistry has evolved tremendously over the past twenty years and has gained unprecedented acceptance by both dentists and patients alike. Currently, the use of high-end technology and state-of-the-art materials enables specialists and general practitioners to perform esthetic procedures at the utmost level of scientific soundness while effecting like-life results.
A Polychromatic Composite Layering Approach for Solving a Complex Class IV/Direct Veneer-Diastema Combination
This article demonstrates an advanced clinical technique for enhancing the appearance of the anterior dentition as achieved via tooth whitening and a combination of a Class IV restoration and a direct resin veneer.
Prosthetic Gingival Reconstruction in Fixed Partial Restorations - Part 3: Laboratory Procedures and Maintenance
This third and final installment in the series focuses on the laboratory and clinical procedures involved in fabricating a prosthesis with artificial gingiva and provides information on proper maintenance of these restorations.
Communicating Digitally with the Laboratory: Design, Impressions, Shade, and the Digital Laboratory Slip
This article will review and explore some of the digital opportunities and rationales for digital communication of all forms of clinical information from the dentist to the laboratory.
Prosthetic Gingival Reconstruction in the Fixed Partial Restoration - Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
This second article on the use of artificial gingiva in fixed partial restorations focuses on diagnosis and treatment planning.
Prosthetic Gingival Reconstruction in a Fixed Partial Restoration - Part 1: Introduction to Artificial Gingiva as an Alternative Therapy
Prosthetic gingival restoration of a Class III defect environment.
Final Finishing of Composites and Laminates
Covers the principles in finishing laminates.
Direct Posterior Bonded Restorations - An Outline of a Clinical Technique
In this study, the authors explore current concepts in direct posterior bonded restorations
The Centripetal Build-Up for Composite Resin Posterior Restorations
This paper introduces a new technique for creating Class II posterior composite restorations - the centripetal build-up. This technique replaces the lost tooth structure from the periphery towards the center of the cavity, thereby achieving better marginal adaptation to the gingival floor. Since overfilling is rare, rotary finishing is minimized. This method allows the creation of long-term aesthetic posterior composite restorations, while utilizing conventional auxiliary (ie, metal matrix bands…
Planning & Finishing Techniques
Longevity and optimal aesthetics are critical aspects to consider when planning for direct composite resin restorations. While strength, wear resistance, and superior micromechanical retention are typically associated with functional durability, during the planning stage clinicians must equally consider aesthetic longevity, which includes retension of the original morphology, color stability, stain resistance, and marginal adaptation. To ensure optimum results for direct composite resin restorations,…
Crowns and Bridges