Clinical Strategies for Esthetic Excellence in Anterior Tooth Restorations: Understanding Color and Composite Resin Selection
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

Content for this continuing education is from The Journal of Applied Oral Science.  All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under Creative Commons  - NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) .  License 

This course presents a case report of a fractured anterior tooth restoration using different incremental techniques, including principles of color and composite resin selection, to restore function and show esthetic excellence in a natural way.


*Note: $15 is the certification fee for this course.

Flavia Pardo Salata Nahsan, et al., PhD, DDS

Flavia Pardo Salata NahsanI; Rafael Francisco Lia MondelliII; Eduardo Batista FrancoIII; Fabiana Scarparo Naufel; Julio Katuhide Ueda; Vera Lucia Schmitt; Wagner Baseggio

PhD student, Department of Operative Dentistry, Endodontics and Dental Materials, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Bauru, SP, Brazil 
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Operative Dentistry, Endodontics and Dental Materials, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São...

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Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participant should be able to:

  1. Understand and recognize the subtleties of tooth color. 
  2. Understand different incremental techniques for restoring fractured anterior teeth in a natural way.
  3. Understand and apply artistic and scientific principles when choosing colors of restorative materials.
  4. Understand and apply artistic and scientific principles during the insertion of the composite resin for imperceptible restoration.
  5. Understand and avoid common mistakes in color selection.

Direct composite resin restorations have become a viable alternative for patients that require anterior restorative procedures to be integrated to the other teeth that compose the smile, especially for presenting satisfactory esthetic results and minimum wear of the dental structure. Technological evolution along with a better understanding of the behavior of dental tissues to light incidence has allowed the development of new composite resins with better mechanical and optical properties, making possible a more artistic approach for anterior restorations. The combination of the increasing demand of patients for esthetics and the capacity to preserve the dental structure resulted in the development of different incremental techniques for restoring fractured anterior teeth in a natural way. In order to achieve esthetic excellence, dentists should understand and apply artistic and scientific principles when choosing color of restorative materials, as well as during the insertion of the composite resin. In this paper, the criteria for color and material selection to obtain a natural reproduction of the lost dental structures and an imperceptible restoration will be addressed.

Keywords: Composite resins. Dental esthetics. Color.

  1. Introduction
  2. Tooth color selection
  3. Composite resin selection
  4. Artificial reproduction of enamel
  5. Reproduction of palatal enamel
  6. Artificial reproduction of dentin
    1. Internal artificial dentin
    2. External artificial dentin
  7. Reproduction of buccal enamel
  8. Conclusions
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Release date: February 24, 2014
Review date: January 1, 2016
Expiration date: December 31, 2018
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