Restorative Techniques

Restorative Technique – Direct Composite Veneer

After prep, the restoration is viewed from both the facial and incisal angles to ensure that the proper prep is achieved and all margins are completely hidden without breaking the contact. Application of etchant and bonding agent is then followed by the addition of a microhybrid or nanofill composite to start sub-opaquing the underlying tooth color. (Note if the restoration is very dark you will need to add a small amount of Creative Color Pink Opaque to the darkened area before the addition of composite to neutralize the dark stains.) Composite material is polymerized and then overlayed with Renamel Microfill Composite (the enamel layer). The microfill composite should be in the same shade as your nanofill or hybrid composite for predictable results. The restoration is sculpted, contoured and shaped and then polymerized for 60 seconds. The illustrated technique takes you through contouring, finishing and polishing.

 

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About the AuthorDr. Bud Mopper

Dr. Bud Mopper has built an international reputation for his pioneer leadership in direct resin bonding.  He has been doing minimally invasive dentistry with composite for over 40 years. He is a renowned lecturer in esthetic dentistry. He co-authored, A Complete Guide to Dental Bonding, which was the first definitive book for the dental profession describing bonding techniques – and he has continued to publish numerous articles on The Art and Science of Direct Resin Bonding.  He is a Life Fellow of the Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Founding Member and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Life Fellow and Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and Fellow of the American College of Dentistry.  He teaches direct resin bonding on a Continuing Education level at many universities including the State University of Iowa and the University of Illinois, plus he teaches courses at the Center for Esthetic Excellence.

Dr. Mopper is the recipient of three of the most prestigious awards given by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. One for “Lifelong Commitment to Providing Excellence in Continuing Education in Cosmetic Dentistry” and secondly, an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Cosmetic Dentistry “and third for “Outstanding Innovation in Cosmetic Dentistry. He received the New York University College of Dentistry “The Irwin Smigel Prize in Esthetic Dentistry” and the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the World Aesthetic Congress in England, for “Outstanding Contribution to Cosmetic Dentistry”. He received the 2017 Gordon J. Christensen Lecture Recognition Award from the Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Mopper was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is director of education for The Center for Esthetic Excellence, in Chicago, IL. , and is Co-founder and Chairman of Cosmedent, Inc., where he is responsible for its educational programs, and product development.