Recent case to show and techniques used
Last week I treated a very nice gentlman who wanted to replace these amalgam restorations into tooth coloured ones.
I want to show you the procedure I used and should be adopted when removing any kind of restoration. This will provide safety for the patient and good visibility for the dentist.
The pink stuff you can see is called rubber dam.
A rubber dam or dental dam is a rectangular sheet of latex used by dentists, especially for root canal treatment, but also for things like tooth-coloured fillings.
Why use a raincoat for your teeth? (Rubber dam)
After the rubber dam had been placed, the old amalgam restorations were removed and underlying caries.
The cavities were then lined with a liquid material called fuji II, this has fluoride and allows to bring strength directly to the dentine for upto one year after placement. This type of material is set hard with a blue light for about 20 seconds. The composite ( tooth coloured material ) is then placed in small increments into the cavity and cured at each stage by the blue light. This allows the material to become hard. The final restorations can be seen below. They were then polished and the occlusion ( bite ) of the patient finally checked after the rubber dam was removed and the teeth were given their final polish.