Proper finishing and polishing is important for several reasons, such as:
A smooth composite surface is more plaque and stain resistant, and is a necessary step to achieving composite longevity and patient satisfaction. Surface roughness testing proves that the composite surface is smoother when Enhance Finishers are used after gross contouring with a bur. And it achieves both intermediate and final finishing in a single step - the pressure applied controls the aggressiveness: more pressure for an aggressive initial finish; less pressure to smooth the surface. As pressure is applied, abrasive particles disengage from the Enhance cup, disc, or point to effectively buff the surface of the restoration. The result is a smooth, contoured surface in less steps.
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2. da Costa J. Ferracane JL (OHSU, Portland, OR), Unpublished commissioned study, data on file. For more information, contact Consumables-Data-Requests@dentsplysirona.com
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