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Article: Volume 42 Number 7 Page 692 - September 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 692-693

Technique Tips:  Technique Tips – The Cost of One Post-Operative Sensitivity following Placement of a Posterior Composite Restoration

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Abstract: Given the increasing popularity of posterior composite restorations,1 it is essential that these can be placed with an absence of post-operative symptoms. However, the incidence of post-operative sensitivity associated with such restorations has been found to vary between 2% and 5%.2,3,4 Furthermore, one study of 292 posterior composite restorations reported post-operative sensitivity in 26% of MOD restorations at 24 hours, decreasing to 7% at 90 days, with this sensitivity being higher in larger cavities.

Author notes: FJ Trevor Burke, DDS, MSc, MDS, FFGDP(UK), MGDS, FDS, Professor of Primary Dental Care, Birmingham School of Dentistry, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NN, UK.