Dental caries is one of the most common reason that causes oral pain in our population.However , as people are more self conscious nowadays, they start to realize that dental caries not only affect the functional habits but also their smile.
A person with carious upper anterior teeth will be easily noticeable when he/she talk and smile. This affect the patient’s self esteem and self confidence.Thanks to the modern composite filling material that today we can give back the confident smile to the patient. With advancement in dental technology, properties of dental composite material has highly improved. Not only they have better strengh and easier manipulation but they also provide better aesthetic that can give us natural look.
Below is a patient came to our clinic and request for filling of her upper anterior teeth. Upon examination, caries noted at Mesial surface of Upper Right Lateral Incisor (Tooth #12), Mesial surface of Upper Right Central Incisor (Tooth #11), Mesial and Distal surface of Upper Left Central Incisor (Tooth # 21), Mesial surface of Upper Left Central Incisor (Tooth #22). A simple composite restoration was done for her under local anaesthesia.
Firstly, the cavities were caries freed. Restorative cavity prepared, removed all unsupported and weak tooth structure but preserving most sound tooth structure conservatively. The affected dentine were disinfected with cavity disinfectant.
Then, the enamel and dentine surface were cleaned and treated with etchant and bonding agent were applied.
The latest Nano Composite filling material, Herculite Precis from Kerr USA was applied followed by light curing. Bite was checked and polishing was done.
Patient was satisfied with final results and now she can smile confidently. A beautiful smile worth a thousand words is all we can say for her.The procedures were simple yet affordable for the patient. Most important of all it improves the quality of life of the patient ; pain free and confident smile.
Dr Alice Cheng
Union Dental Surgery
Sungai Bakap Branch