Technique Video

Class V with Rhodri Thomas, DDS

In this Tip of the Month video,  Dr. Thomas uses Renamel Microfill as the foundation for this Class V restoration. He then uses  FlexiDiscsFlexiCups, and FlexiPoints to contour and polish, creating a seamless finish. He finishes the restoration with Enamelize to add shine.

Dr. Thomas starts the restoration by creating a bevel using a flame-shaped diamond bur. After achieving the desired general shape, he softens the bevel with a Medium FlexiDisc to smooth and contour. Dr. Thomas then applies the bonding agent and cures it. The tooth is now ready for composite.

Dr. Thomas applies A2 Renamel Microfill to the tooth. He uses a #3 brush dipped in Brush & Sculpt to smooth out the Microfill. Dr. Thomas uses the brush to smooth the composite around the gingival margin and spread it just past the bevel.

To achieve a long-lasting restoration and prevent staining, Dr. Thomas finishes and polishes the composite. He uses a pencil to mark secondary anatomy and uses a flame-shaped diamond bur to create mesial and distal depressions. He follows up with the Medium FlexiCup to soften the anatomy.

Dr. Thomas uses the Superfine FlexiCup and FlexiPoint to start polishing, getting right around the gingival margin. He then runs a #12-blade scalpel across the tooth surface to remove any flash left, repeating until there is no catch.

To finish the restoration, Dr. Thomas applies a small amount of Enamelize Polishing Paste and uses the FlexiBuff to achieve a high shine.

About the AuthorDr. Rhodri Thomas

Undeniably committed to his career, Rhodri believes it is his background as an artist that has spurred on his love of esthetic dentistry. As a landscape painter, his eye for color and composition transfers from the canvas into his dental work, recreating the natural landscapes of the mouth. Rhodri lectures and teaches internationally on the subject of esthetics, presenting at conferences or running courses across the globe, and publishes articles in leading dental magazines. He has gone on to be three times winner of Best Young Dentist at British Dentistry Awards alongside a national award for his research. He was the instructor for a worldwide online composite course and is now founder of The Art of Dentistry courses and co-founder of Art2aesthetics a new series of unique training programs and esthetic-based training courses for dentists. He believes every clinician has a natural creative ability inside of them and enjoys nothing more than helping to ignite it.