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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
February 1993
Volume 24 , Issue 2

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Tunnel restoration versus Class II restorations for small proximal lesions: A comparison of tooth strengths

Papa/Cain/Messer/Wilson

Pages: 93-98
PMID: 8511270

An increased emphasis on the preservation of tooth structure has led to alternative cavity designs for early proximal caries. The tunnel restoration (which preserves the marginal ridge) and a conservative Class II composite resin restoration were compared in vitro for effects on tooth strength with nondestructive and destructive tests. The tunnel restoration, which is generally thought to be the more conservative of the two techniques, was actually more damaging, as shown by the stiffness, load at fracture, an d proximity to the pulp.

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