Composite fillings are used as an alternative to prosthetic restorations performed indirectly, such as inlays, onlays, overlays, crowns, or veneers.
Modern nano-hybrid composites are used for minimally invasive, yet permanent restoration in the anterior and lateral areas. They combine optimum aesthetics, ideal polishability, and tightness and stability of the restoration for an extended period of time.
The choice of treatment method – direct method performed wholly in the office or indirect method requiring preparation in a technical laboratory – depends on many factors, and the doctor, in consultation with the patient, chooses the appropriate treatment method.
Factors affecting the type of the planned filling depend, among others, on:
– the size of the planned restoration
– aesthetic requirements of the patient
– oral hygiene
– tendency of discoloration (consumption of large amounts of coffee or tea, smoking)
– occlusion issues (bruxism, grinding, crowding of teeth, missing teeth)
In the case of larger restorations, a reconstruction visualization is recommended before the planned treatment. This involves a mock-up based on diagnostic waxing ( wax-up) and a silicone index allowing the desired shape to be given to the restoration.
This type of visualization is done in a technical laboratory based on a tooth impression.
Unfortunately, not every patient is eligible for this type of reconstruction, and the patient will learn about possible treatment alternatives at the consultation visit after individual examination of the oral condition.
ICON – modern, minimally invasive treatment by dentine infiltration