This book achieves the ambitious aim of showing dentists how to create conservative and esthetic direct restorations of posterior teeth using composite resin. The book begins with a primer on occlusal anatomy, describing the specifics of each type of posterior tooth. This foundation supports the diagnosis and treatment of lesions, isolation, and cavity preparation for the buildup, as well as modeling, detailing, and finishing of restorations that closely mimic natural tooth anatomy for optimal esthetics and function. Numerous clinical tips and case examples are provided, and the procedural rationale is supported by scientific evidence, in addition to the authors’ considerable clinical experience. Techniques for a wide range of clinical scenarios are presented to provide practitioners with the information they need to achieve optimal restorations.
Chapter 01. Shape and Visual Perception
Chapter 02. Anatomical Knowledge for Modeling
Chapter 03. Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Caries Lesions
Chapter 04. Isolation
Chapter 05. Cavity Preparation
Chapter 06. Restoring the Interproximal Wall
Chapter 07. Occlusal Modeling
Chapter 08. Detailing
Chapter 09. Finishing, Polishing, and Finalizing the Occlusion
Chapter 10. Clinical Cases
Salvatore Scolavino, DDS, maintains a private practice dedicated to conservative dentistry, endodontics, and prosthodontics in Naples, Italy. He is a visiting lecturer on restorative and esthetic dentistry at the University of Bologna in Italy and the University of Montpellier in France. In addition, Dr Scolavino is a co-founder of the WeRestore.it project (www.werestore.it), the author of numerous journal articles, and a speaker at courses and congresses in Italy and abroad. He is an active member of the Italian Academy of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry (AIC), the Italian Society of Conservative Dentistry (SIDOC), and the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (IAED).
Gaetano Paolone, DDS, teaches conservative dentistry at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan and lectures for the master’s course in esthetics and restorative dentistry at the University of Bologna. He is also an associate researcher in operative dentistry at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Dr Paolone lectures widely in Italy and abroad and is the author and co-author of book chapters and many scientific articles. He is a co-founder of the WeRestore.it project and is an active member of the AIC, the IAED, and the Italian Academy of Microscopic Dentistry (AIOM). Dr Paolone maintains a private practice in Rome.