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Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 4     1. Apr. 1996
Quintessence Int 27 (1996), No. 4  (01.04.1996)

Page 249-252


Temporary tooth separation in the treatment of approximal carious lesions
Bjarnason
The tunnel preparation is among the techniques proposed for restoration of approximal carious lesions. The preparation minimizes the sacrifice of sound tooth structure. The diagnostic and management problems associated with the restricted access to the approximal area, however, have limited use of this treatment modality. The difficulty of ascertaining the possible loss of enamel surface integrity is overcome by temporary tooth separation, which permits direct visual and tactile examination of approximal sites. Additionally, the increased access facilitates both preparation of the cavity and placement of the restorative material.