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Article: Volume 47 Number 3 Page 186 - March 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 186-198

Restorative dentistry:  Composite Build-Ups: a Review of Current Techniques in Restorative Dentistry

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Abstract: Composite build-ups are a widely used technique in Restorative Dentistry, typically for tooth wear cases. A patient who requires dental rehabilitation may have composite build-ups on anterior teeth in order to increase vertical dimension, improve appearance, and provide protection to their remaining teeth. This paper reviews the most commonly used methods to increase predictability of treatment, including their ease of use and to improve the aesthetic outcomes.

Clinical relevance: This article is clinically relevant in educating clinicians in the different methods of predictable composite build-ups for tooth wear cases.

Author notes: Surina Bhola, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCSPG, PgCert(DentEd), Dental Core Trainee, Restorative Dentistry (email: and Dean Barker, BDS, DDS, FDS RCSEd, FDS(Rest Dent) RCSEd, FDTFEd, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Aberdeen Dental Hospital and Institute of Dentistry, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZR, UK.

Objective: To identify the most commonly used methods for multiple composite build-ups and demonstrate techniques to increase predictability of outcomes.

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