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Stress-Reducing Protocol for Direct Composite Restorations in Minimally Invasive Cavity Preparations

The concept of maximum dental tissue preservation is a fundamental of minimally invasive dentistry (MID). Along with caries management by caries risk assessment, MID uses adhesive techniques to preserve existing sound tooth structure, thus the need for endodontic treatment and/or full-coverage crowns is siginficantly reduced. This podcast presents a technique for composite resin restorations, with the ultimate goal of reducing polymerization shrinkage stress. When the stresses of polymerization are minimized and the adhesive bonds are maximized, the composite resin restorations may better seal direct composite restorations.

*Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA; Private practice, Caligari Italy


Learning Objectives:

This podcast describes a direct technique for limiting polymerization stresses in posterior composite resin restorations. Upon completing this podcast, the listener should:

  • Understand the role of the C-factor on polymerization stresses and techniques to address its influence on restoration success.
  • Recognize the importance of conservative cavity preparation in minimally invasive dentistry.


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