Concealing staining in a restoration is one of those difficult tasks that requires the perfect coordination of skill and superior materials. But what steps must you take to get to ideal concealment? And what materials can you rely on?

To cover up dark, discolored stains, you have to balance the need for opacity with the potential esthetic downsides. Read on to learn the technique that will help you do just that.

Restoration Tip: 2-Step Process for Masking Stained Dentin

When the discolorations are severe, you have no choice but to favor a truly opaque material. The greater the opacity, the greater you’ll be able to mask unattractive staining.

You also have to keep in mind how this opacity affects the translucency of enamel is approximately natural. If you’re too heavy-handed with the masking, you might end up with a result that looks artificial.

Here’s how you can bypass any issues and create the restoration you envision:

  1. Cover Discolored Dentin: Apply a thin coating of flowable opaque composite, such as Tetric EvoFlow® dentin into the preparation.
  2. Reflect Natural Translucency: Pack and shape the cavity with sculptable composite, such as Tetric EvoCeram®.

For deeper cavities (up to 8mm), using a 4mm ‘Bulk’ material:

  1. Cover the discolored dentin with up to 4mm of Tetric EvoFlow® Bulk Fill.
  2. Pack and shape the remainder of the cavity with Tetric EvoCeram® Bulk Fill.

It really is that simple. The key piece that makes this technique so effective is applying the more opaque material before applying the actual filling material. Whether you use a bulk-fill material or a conventional composite resin, you’ll find this enables you to retain esthetics and full masking

Composite Materials That Ensure Restoration Excellence

The above technique is one example of an excellent direct restoration system. To really attain the success you want, you need to pair it with equally great materials. For the best results, you can trust the Tetric® Evo Line of predictable composites.

Tetric® Evo Line products can enhance your process because they are capable of ensuring a translucency that matches the value of natural dentin and natural enamel. They produce both efficiency and esthetics in all posterior restorations.


BONUS: Watch Dr. Joshua Austin, DDS, FAGD demonstrate Tetric EvoFlow Bulk Fill and Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill unique transition to dentin-like opacity to conceal staining.