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Utilizing Composite Resin for Stabilizing Occlusions

So one thing I have been doing a lot in my office lately is utilizing composite resin. It is a great way to stabilize the occlusion and get the function right in a patient, especially when patients are not ready to proceed with more definitive restorations or they just do not have the finances to.

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I do a lot of composite resin on the lower anteriors, especially if they are worn down. I have even done a lot of composite resin just binding the resin to the tops of the posterior teeth if we have to open up the vertical dimension at all.

There are numerous ways to make it fast and efficient to use the composite. One way that I like to use is to basically make a template off the wax-up and use that template to transfer the wax-up into the mouth in composite resin. Some people are using flowable composite. Some people are using standard packable composites. It is whatever works best in your hands and whatever you think is going to be the best long-term solution for the patient.

But I would definitely encourage people to consider using composite more often. It is definitely less invasive, and it is a great way to sequence treatment over time, if needed. And it is just a great way to get the mouth functionally stable so that the patient is getting confidence in the type of work you can provide for them.

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Matthew Wolfe, DDS is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy, Administrative Director of Study Clubs and Co-Leader of the Detroit Study Club. Dr. Wolfe began his career as a mechanical engineer, but after more than 2 years of working as an engineer, Matt realized his love for dentistry.