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Shining a Light on Composite Restoration

May 13, 2022

More than 40 years after they were first recommended, composite restorations have become an important part of many dental practices. These minimally invasive restorations provide patients esthetics and function while preserving tooth structure. Of course, there are different classifications of composite restorations, but most follow the same procedural flow.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: PreparationPreparation

Serving as the base of success, preparation for composite resin restorations varies based on the type of restoration and purpose. Likewise, there are many suitable instrumentation choices available ranging in shape, configuration, and size.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: PlacementPlacement

Whether your restoration requires one layer or many, an instrument that allows you to place and contour composite resin with ease is key. Brasseler USA’s composite placement instruments are coated with Titanium Nitride which creates a smooth surface that resists scratching and minimizes composite tug-back.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: CuringCuring

While every step of the procedure is important, proper curing is arguably one of the most vital. Incomplete curing could lead to weak adhesion, compromised properties of the material, and ultimately the failure of the restoration. When choosing a Curing Light, consider features such as output. Brasseler’s enLITE LED Curing Light features a powerful output of 1,600 mW/cm and three mode options for curing a wide range of composites.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: FinishingFinishing

Since no two restorations are identical, the finishing of a composite resin restoration can vary greatly. Likewise, there are many suitable instrumentation choices available to attain proper form and texture. The blade design of Brasseler’s C-Series Trimming & Finishing carbides reduces clogging while providing a smooth surface making it ideal for shaping and contouring.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: PolishingPolishing

The closing step of the procedure, polishing gives your restoration that final esthetic touch allowing the tooth to blend in. A two-step system, like our BrioShine Economy System, can reduce the amount of time spent polishing while providing a glossy, enamel like finish.

Shining a light on Composite Restoration: The Dental HandpieceThe Handpiece

Allowing for greater control and precision, a low speed handpiece is often used for finishing and polishing. The Brio LS series offers a line of friction grip low speed heads that are compatible with Midwest, KaVo, and Star Low Speed attachments. Each attachment comes with a push-button head and a one-year warranty.

Whether you currently offer composite restorations in your practice or you’re looking to start, Brasseler is By Your Side with the essential instrumentation you need. See all of our recommended instrumentation for composite restoration online at