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The International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry

Edited by Alessandro Devigus, DMD

Official journal of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

ISSN 1862-0612


Spring 2014
Volume 9 , Issue 1

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Direct composite restorations in anterior teeth. Managing symmetry in central incisors

Paolone, Gaetano

Pages: 12-25
PMID: 24757696

In direct restorations of anterior teeth, particularly central incisors, symmetry plays an important role. The clinician can take advantage of silicone indexes based on a wax-up to build palatal and incisal walls; however, when he has to reproduce free-hand chair-side symmetrical items like interproximal emergence profiles, macro- and microsurface textures, and chromatic characteristics, the result can often be unpredictable. A step-by-step class IV restoration treatment will be described, as well as a simple procedure to help reproduce, check and correct symmetrically interproximal wall contours and chromatic characteristics.

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