Transitioning from injectable resin composite restorations to resin composite CAD/CAM veneers: A clinical report

Niyousha Rafeie, Camila S. Sampaio*, Ronaldo Hirata

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Objective: To describe a shift from injectable resin composite technique to composite resin computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) veneers in addressing esthetic concerns associated with diastemas between anterior lower teeth in a clinical case. Clinical Considerations: Among several techniques proposed for direct resin composite restoration, the “Injectable resin composite technique” has gained popularity for its time-efficiency, reduced technique sensitivity, and diminished reliance on clinician skills. However, challenges such as staining and the need for frequent polishing follow-ups may prompt the consideration of more stable alternatives such as indirect veneer restorations. While ceramic veneers offer superior mechanical and optical properties, resin ceramic veneers, especially those milled from CAD/CAM resin ceramic blocks, offer advantages such as rapid, cost-effective production, simplified intra-oral repairs, less susceptibility to fracture, superior stress absorption, and requires minimal tooth preparation, making them an appealing option for many patients. Moreover, a fully-digital approach not only streamlines the process but also saves time and labor while ensuring the delivery of high-quality restorations to patients. Conclusion: In addressing a patient's dissatisfaction with constant polishing of direct resin composite restorations, a shift to resin composite CAD/CAM veneers was implemented. Utilizing a fully-digital approach with CAD/CAM resin ceramic restorations successfully restored both esthetics and function. Clinical Significance: While the injectable resin composite technique achieves immediate esthetic results, its low color stability necessitates frequent polishing sessions. The replacement of direct resin composite restorations with CAD/CAM resin composite veneers becomes a viable option for patients seeking more stable restorations that require fewer follow-ups. This transition addresses both esthetic concerns and the need for enduring solutions in restorative dentistry.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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  • CAD/CAM blocks
  • digital dentistry
  • flowable resin composite
  • injectable resin composite
  • resin ceramic
  • veneers


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