Preoperative view of a patient who presented with a diastema between teeth #8 and #9.The appropriate shade ofdirect composite isselected.
The enamelsurface of the teethis minimallyprepared forcompositeplacement.The enamelsurface of teeth#8 and #9 isetched.
An adhesive bonding agent isapplied to the preparationsand light-cured.
Two increments of nano-composite resin are applied to the diastema simultaneously and contoured to optimal proportion on the mesial aspect.An IPC instrument isused to adapt the resinto the proper contour.
A small brush is used tosmooth the composite. These increments of composite are light- cured.
After the matrix isplaced, thecomposite islayered against thematrix lingually andpulled throughtoward the facial.The facial surfaceis finishedusing a finishingdisk.
Surfacecharacteristics arecreated with adiamond bur, withoutwater irrigation.The use of polishingcups contributes tothe creation of therestoration’s finalluster and surfaceanatomy.
Postoperative view after the diastema between teeth #8 and #9 was closed with direct composite resin.
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