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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


Fall 2008
Volume 3 , Issue 3

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Closing Diastemas with Resin Composite Restorations

Lenhard, Markus

Pages: 258-268

The ultimate goal when closing dental diastemas is to establish an adequate interproximal contact, and to achieve an esthetic emergence profile of the respective teeth, with the interdental papilla filling the space underneath the contact area. However, the use of wedges for temporary tooth separation in order to compensate for the thickness of an interdental matrix usually compromises the emergence profile of the resin composite restorations. A black triangle underneath the interdental contact is the consequence. Still, to achieve sufficiently strong contact points, some type of tooth separation has to be done. A technique, where the matrix is shaped to provide an esthetic emergence profile, and a flowable resin composite is used as an interdental wedging material fulfills all the necessary requirements.

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