• Can you close my gap? My challenge as a dentist is to go beyond the diastema closure.

    August 20, 2018
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    Can you close my gap? My challenge as a dentist is to go beyond the diastema closure.

    Can you close my gap? The use of direct composite resin in the closure of anterior diastemas has become a routine procedure for many of today’s dentists. Composite resin provides an aesthetic, conservative, cost effective and functional means of closing diastemas. Read on to learn practical hints and tips for this often challenging procedure using direct composite resin.

    Dr Aodhan Docherty BMedSc BDent (Hons).

    Can you close my gap? My challenge as a dentist is to go beyond the diastema closure.

    Can you close my gap? The use of direct composite resin in the closure of anterior diastemas has become a routine procedure for many of today’s dentists. Composite resin provides an aesthetic, conservative, cost effective and functional means of closing diastemas. Read on to learn practical hints and tips for this often challenging procedure using direct composite resin.

    Dr Aodhan Docherty BMedSc BDent (Hons).

    Can you close my gap? My challenge as a dentist is to go beyond the diastema closure.

    Can you close my gap? The use of direct composite resin in the closure of anterior diastemas has become a routine procedure for many of today’s dentists. Composite resin provides an aesthetic, conservative, cost effective and functional means of closing diastemas. Read on to learn practical hints and tips for this often challenging procedure using direct composite resin.

    Dr Aodhan Docherty BMedSc BDent (Hons).

    • The use of direct composite resin in the closure of anterior diastemas has become a routine procedure for many of today’s dentists. Composite resin provides an aesthetic, conservative, cost effective and functional means of closing diastemas. In addition to composite resin bonding, there are several other treatment options available for diastema closure, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These techniques include: porcelain veneers or crowns, orthodontic work and soft tissue surgery/repositioning. These techniques may be used in combination or alone depending on the presenting condition and the desired outcome.

      Direct bonding in diastema cases has the advantage of being an economical option in terms of fnances and conservative in terms of tooth structure. These cases do however present challenges in terms of creating excellent proximal contact and contours, as well as shade selection. The key to creating a natural and aesthetic restoration is a complete understanding of adhesive and clinical protocol as well as an appreciation for tooth anatomy.

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