The stamp technique for direct Class II composite restorations: A case series

J Conserv Dent. 2016 Sep-Oct;19(5):490-3. doi: 10.4103/0972-0707.190021.


Background: "Stamp" technique is a new method for placing large composite restorations with accurate occlusal topography. It was introduced mainly to restore Class I cavities and erosively damaged teeth. This technique is indicated when the preoperative anatomy of the tooth is intact and not lost due to the carious lesion. A precise tooth-like filling an accurate functional occlusion is obtained when the stamp technique is applied. However, using this technique to restore Class II cavities is not established yet.

Aim: To introduce modifications of the stamp technique that make it applicable to restore Class II composite restorations.

Materials and methods: The traditional materials and tools used for direct composite restorations are needed with no additional instruments. Clinical illustrations and step-by-step description are provided in this paper.

Results and conclusion: Using the stamp technique to restore Class II cavities is achievable, simple and practical, and result in a very accurate anatomical restoration.

Keywords: Class II restorations; composite resin; conservative dentistry; occlusal topography; occlusion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports