Article: Volume 46 Number 4 Page 344 - April 2019

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Restorative dentistry:  Form Ever Follows Function: The Occlusal Compass and Direct Resin Composite Restorations

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Abstract: Direct composite resins in the posterior dentition are a day-to-day treatment modality for most dental practitioners. It is challenging for many operators to produce a restoration that is both aesthetic and functional in a clinically realistic timeframe. This article helps to address this.

Clinical relevance: To present a functionally-generated approach to occlusal anatomy based on the DeVreugd Occlusal Compass to simplify the placement of direct composite resin in the Class I and II situation.

Author notes: Jason Smithson, BDS, DipRestDent RCS(Eng), Private Practice, Truro, UK. Email:

Objective: To simplify the placement of direct composite resin in the Class I and II situation based on the Occlusal Compass.


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