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January 18, 2021
Prof. Paulo Monteiro, DMD, MSc

Clinical Case: Solving Esthetic Issues in the Anterior Region with Composite

Using 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative.

About the Case

A 50-year-old male patient presented for professional tooth cleaning. He had deep erosive lesions affecting the vestibular aspects of his maxillary central incisors, which he did not consider an issue. Nevertheless, the team informed him about the options to improve the esthetics and protect the remaining tooth structure. The patient agreed to carry out a home-bleaching treatment followed by a direct restorative treatment with composite.


The biggest challenge was to mask the heavy discoloration while restoring the teeth to a natural shape and shade. 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative was selected to accomplish this task. The Pink Opaquer was applied in a thin layer to cover and optically mask the discolorations.


The patient was happy with the treatment outcome. Three things were achieved with minimal effort. The discolorations were masked, the teeth were restored to their natural shape and the shade blended naturally with the adjacent teeth..

Composite, Shade A1, of 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative was selected.

One mm of composite, Pink Opaquer, was placed.

First application of 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative, Shade A1, was placed.

Second and final layer of 3M™ Filtek™ Universal Restorative, Shade A1, was placed.

Restorations after polishing with 3M™ Sof-Lex™ Diamond Polishing System.

Final outcome.

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