Midline diastema closure
May 19, 2020
Dr. Walter Devoto, DDS

Clinical Case: Midline Diastema Closure

Using the front wing technique

About the Case

A 35-year-old female patient expressed a desire to optimize existing composite restorations on her maxillary central incisors, which had been placed 15 years previously to close her diastema. Then, a silicone key had been used for guidance. No tooth preparation was carried out, as the composite was bonded to the tooth structure.

The surface of the restorations showed slight discolorations which were removable by polishing. The shape of the teeth was acceptable, but not perfect. A decision was made to retreat her in a non-prep, single-shade approach. The main goal was to create a more natural prep.

Restorative placed

3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative, Shade A1, was placed.

Composite was placed between each incisor and adjacent matrix

Composite was placed between each incisor and adjacent matrix.

Composite was added from the palatal side

After light curing, composite was added from the palatal side.

Removal of second matrix revealed a natural shape

Removal of second matrix revealed a natural shape.

Polishing

Polishing completed using 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Diamond Polishing System.

Composite blended well with natural surface of central incisors

Composite blended well with natural surface of central incisors.

Restorations virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth structure.

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