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A Conservative Approach for Restoring Anterior Guidance: A Case Report

Spazio Oral Dental Education, San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru.
Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry (Impact Factor: 0.84). 06/2012; 24(3):171-82. DOI: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.2011.00483.x
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ABSTRACT One of the most common dental problems in today's clinics is tooth wear, specifically when related to bruxism. In such cases, the esthetics of anterior teeth may be compromised when excessive wear to the incisal surfaces occurs. Anterior tooth wear resulting from parafunctional bruxism can be conservatively treated with the use of direct resin composite restorations. This restorative approach has the advantages of presenting good predictability, load resistance, acceptable longevity, preservation of healthy dental tissues, and lower cost when compared with indirect restorations. The use of resin composites to solve esthetic problems, however, requires skill and practice. Thus, the present article demonstrates a conservative approach for restoring the esthetics and function of worn anterior teeth with the aid of direct resin composite restorations and selective occlusal adjustment. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: A conservative approach to restore anterior teeth with excessive wear is possible with direct resin composites.

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