Dental Composite Restoration
Dental composite restoration is a safe procedure for restoring damaged tissues and aesthetic and functional integrity of teeth using photo-curable resins or composites.
Direct Restoration of Teeth
Direct restoration allows restoring damaged or lost tooth tissue. The procedure is carried out using highly aesthetic photo-curable resin. One of the main advantages of this method is the procedure speed. One visit to the dentist’s therapist is enough for a qualitative result. In the future, it is possible to make further repairs.
Direct restoration is suitable for uneven teeth. The method allows for hiding enamel defects and interdental gaps. When using this method, a healthy part of the tissues of the tooth crown is preserved.
In aesthetic dentistry, direct dental restorations are popular due to their multiple benefits.
- Composites are durable and retain their original properties for a long time.
- You can select a shade and other parameters depending on the shape and colour of the teeth.
- Photo-curable resin composite restoration visually ensures the naturalness of a smile.
- Speed and relative painlessness make it possible to restore several teeth in a single visit.
- The degree of intervention is minimal when correcting defects in shape and colour.
- The cost of direct restoration is lower than a crown restoration.
The procedure does not require significant preparation of tooth tissues. The internal structure remains the same. Also, composites do not cause allergic reactions and diseases in the oral cavity.
Dental Composite Restoration
Composite restoration of teeth is a direct method of restoring tooth tissues. It is acceptable to restore tooth tissue destructed by up to 70%.
Composites are highly durable. Due to this, they are used for both posterior and anterior teeth. In addition, materials have a broad colour palette.
Restoration of Anterior Teeth: Stages
Restoration of front teeth consists of several stages. The overall outcome of the procedure depends on the quality of each. In this case, both to use direct and indirect methods can be used.
For anterior teeth, direct reconstruction is preferable. In the first stage, the dentist listens to the patient’s preferences. Next, the oral cavity is examined. Finally, the doctor determines if a composite restoration is acceptable.
It would be best if you were careful or even cancel the visit in case of the following contraindications:
- pathological grinding, bruxism;
- a patient with a pacemaker;
- inflammatory processes.
Reconstruction is one of the aesthetic restoration methods. It allows correcting the anatomical features of the tooth crown. The method involves removing a layer of enamel. After that, you can change the tooth’s appearance and correct the smile line.
The procedure is painless. In the course of work, the dentist can help get rid of the following imperfections:
- Reducing the width of the front teeth.
- Restoration of the tooth crown shape due to trauma.
- Closing the interdental spaces.
- Teeth alignment.
- Changing the shape of displaced teeth.
Dental Composite Restoration
Composite restoration can be direct or indirect. The direct restoration is performed directly in the patient’s oral cavity. Indirect restoration involves the manufacture of the construction separately. First, it is carried out in the laboratory based on the patient’s oral cavity examination. Then, a dental specialist forms the required shape based on individual casts.
The cost of restoring teeth with composite materials is lower than with ceramics. No significant tissue preparation is required. If necessary, the restoration can be replaced.
After the procedure, the following recommendations should be followed:
- Avoid eating for three hours after the procedure.
- Limit the use of hot and cold food.
- It is worth giving up solid food to maintain integrity: cracking candies and crackers.
- Do not drink tea, coffee and other food that can stain the enamel and composite material.
- To maintain an optimal level of acidity, rinse your mouth after eating apples, lemons and other acidic foods.
Visiting the dentist every six months is essential for a preventive examination. In addition, professional cleaning should be performed during the appointment. Also, to preserve the original appearance of the teeth, it is necessary to repolish the restoration.
Restoration of Anterior Teeth
Anterior teeth have the most impact on the aesthetics of a smile. You can perform the restoration procedure in the presence of chips, abrasion, or other deformations. The abundance of methods allows restoring a tooth with any amount of intact tissues.
The method is selected based on the quality and quantity of tissues. With the complete removal of the root, an implantation operation is available. It allows returning the chewing function and prevents bite shift. Ceramic veneers are used for a perfect smile. Reconstruction with composite materials helps restore without losing healthy tissue.
Direct composite restorations of anterior teeth may require just one single visit to the dentist. First, the doctor selects the appropriate shade. Then, if the tissues are damaged, treatment is performed. Depending on the state of integrity of the tooth crown, the root is sometimes strengthened with a pin. Composite materials help correct the shape. The final step is grinding and polishing.
Posterior Composite Restoration
When building up posterior teeth, not only the aesthetic component is essential, but also the functional one. The quality of the composite restoration must be high for many reasons, as the teeth experience significant stress.
Composite restoration is available in the following cases:
- part of the tissues is missing;
- there are small chips;
- there are signs of abrasion;
- a gap between teeth.
The price of the procedure depends on the materials used and the amount of intact tissue. The buildup procedure is usually painless. The patient feels comfortable when removing minor defects.
The method is chosen based on the quality and quantity of the tissue. In the case of complete root extraction, implant surgery is available. It allows returning the chewing function and prevent a change in bite. Ceramic veneers are used for a perfect smile. For restoration without loss of healthy tissue, composite reconstruction is possible
Direct restoration of posterior teeth takes about an hour and a half. If cavities and other pathologies are present, then treatment is performed first. An indirect composite restoration requires visiting a dentist several times. At the first appointment, a dental specialist takes impressions. Then the custom design for reconstruction is made by the next appointment.
When designing a model, the dental specialist considers the jaw features, the quality of tissues, and the shape of the patient’s face. The model is made of composite. The procedure order is usually the following:
- Analysis of facial features.
- Taking dental images.
- Model casting.
- Digital smile design.
- Casting a wax mould, making an impression.
The more accurate the model, the more successful the composite reconstruction procedure will be. Based on the analysis of the cast, the optimal length, position, and shape are selected. If necessary, it is possible to increase the volume.
How long does a dental restoration last?
Aesthetic restoration with proper care lasts up to fifteen years. It can last that long when performing regular correction and surface polishing. The quality of personal oral care routine also affects. If the rules of oral hygiene are not followed, the composite will last only three to five years.
What Is Dental Restoration?
The restoration includes all the necessary steps for a quality procedure. Mandatory is the processing of healthy and treatment of damaged tissues, isolation from moisture. For direct restorations, the price includes the layering of the composite. An indirect restoration requires taking images, making casts and a model. The price also includes checking the comfort and fit, grinding and polishing.