Finishing and Polishing: Goals & Benefits

🎯 GOALS…

  1. To obtain : βœ” Desired anatomy βœ” Proper occlusion βœ” Reduction of roughness, depth of gouges & scratches
  2. Polished surface should be smooth enough to be well tolerated by oral soft tissues and to resist bacterial adhesion & excessive plaque accumulation.
  3. When plaque deposits exist on restorative material surfaces, they should be easily removable by brushing & flossing.

⭐ BENEFITS ⭐

  1. BETTER GINGIVAL HEALTH:- A well contoured & polished restoration resists the accumulation of food debris and pathogenic bacteria. βœ” Food glides more freely over occlusal & embrasure surfaces during mastication.
  2. CHEWING EFFICIENCY:- Strength is improved especially in surfaces where more occlusal forces are applied.
  3. PATIENT COMFORT:- Patient can detect a surface roughness change of less than 1um βœ” Smooth restoration surfaces minimize wear rates on opposing & adjacent teeth.
  4. ESTHETICS:- Finishing and polishing aid in esthetics.
  5. TARNISH & CORROSION:- It can be reduced in metallic restoration.
  6. HYGIENE:- Smoother surfaces have less retention areas & are easier to maintain in a hygienic state when preventive oral care is practiced ( dental floss & toothbrush bristles )

REFERENCE:- STURDEVANTS – CONS. DENTISTRY

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