William Kabbach, Flávia Barros Delbons Gedeon e Carla Arita
Some requirements are critical to achieve a composite resin restoration that resembles, in every single aspect, the natural tooth. Steps such as the selection of dental composites used, clinical application as well as finishing and polishing are essential. Careful finishing and polishing affect not only aesthetics, but also health. There is a wide variety of drills, polishers and pastes available on the market. Understanding the best sequence and the correct application of those products are essential to achieve the desired surface. By means of analyzing two clinical cases and carrying out a comparative analysis in scanning electron microscopy, it was observed that a smooth surface achieved after finishing and polishing leads to less biofilm development and less staining.
Keywords: Finishing. Polishing. Composite resin. Bacterial biofilm. Longevity.
How to cite: Kabbach W, Gedeon FBD, Arita C. Finishing and polishing in composite resin restorations: from macro to micro. J Clin Dent Res. 2016 jan-mar;13(1):121-31. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14436/2447-911x.13.1.121-131.oar
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