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Composite Restoration (posterior) 3 Surfaces: Code D2393

A posterior composite restoration with 3 surfaces involves the use of tooth-colored composite resin material to repair and restore decayed or damaged molars or premolars at the back of the mouth.
Composite restorations in the posterior teeth provide a conservative and aesthetically pleasing solution for addressing cavities and restoring the function of molars and premolars.

Resin-based composite refers to a broad category of materials including but not limited to composites. May include bonded composite, light-cured composite, etc. Tooth preparation, acid etching, adhesives (including resin bonding agents), liners and bases and curing are included as part of the restoration.


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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about posterior composite restorations with 3 surfaces:

What is a posterior composite restoration with 3 surfaces?

A posterior composite restoration with 3 surfaces refers to a dental procedure where a tooth-colored resin material (composite) is used to restore a tooth with decay or damage affecting three adjacent surfaces.

Why might a dentist recommend a composite restoration for a tooth with 3 surfaces involved?

Composite restorations are often recommended for cases involving three surfaces because they offer an esthetically pleasing option that preserves more natural tooth structure compared to traditional amalgam fillings. The ability to match the color of the composite to the natural tooth makes it a popular choice.

How is the procedure performed for a 3-surface composite restoration?

The dentist starts by removing the decayed or damaged areas on the three surfaces of the tooth. The tooth is then prepared, and the composite resin material is applied in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light, and the final restoration is shaped and polished for a natural appearance.

Is the procedure more time-consuming than a 2-surface or single-surface composite restoration?

Yes, a 3-surface composite restoration generally takes longer than restorations with fewer surfaces due to the increased complexity of the case. The dentist needs to address decay or damage on three surfaces, which requires more meticulous preparation and layering of the composite material.

Does the procedure require anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is commonly used to numb the area before the procedure to ensure the patient’s comfort. This is similar to the anesthesia used for restorations with fewer surfaces.

Can I eat and drink immediately after the procedure?

Composite restorations harden quickly, allowing patients to eat and drink soon after the procedure. However, it’s advisable to be cautious with very hot or cold foods until any residual numbness from the anesthesia wears off.

How long does a 3-surface composite restoration last?

The longevity of a 3-surface composite restoration depends on factors such as oral hygiene, biting forces, and the location of the restoration. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, composite restorations can last for many years.

Do composite restorations on multiple surfaces stain or discolor over time?

While composite materials are more resistant to staining than in the past, it’s still advisable to minimize the consumption of staining substances like coffee and tobacco to maintain the restoration’s appearance.

Are there any post-procedure restrictions or care instructions?

Generally, there are no specific restrictions after a composite restoration. However, patients should follow any post-operative instructions provided by the dentist, which may include recommendations for oral care and follow-up appointments.

How does the cost compare to other restorative options for a 3-surface restoration?

The cost of a 3-surface composite restoration can vary based on factors such as location, dentist’s fees, and the complexity of the case. While composite restorations may be more expensive than amalgam fillings, many patients find the esthetic benefits and conservative tooth preparation worth the investment. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost, depending on the plan.

Always consult with your dentist for personalized information and advice based on your specific dental needs and conditions.