Esthetic Alumina and Zirconia Rehabilitation: A Team Approach to Treatment Planning and Material Selection

Hegenbarth, Ernst A.; Holst, Stefan
December 2007
European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry;2007, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p370
Academic Journal
To meet the ever-increasing demands of well-informed patients, an interdisciplinary team approach is imperative to achieve optimal esthetics and function in complex rehabilitations. Orthodontic pretreatment is one viable option to improve a clinical situation prior to restorative treatment. An individual diagnostic waxup can be used to educate patients about treatment options, lower unrealistic expectations, and serve the technician as a blueprint for ideal framework design. Newly developed dental materials and computer technology have led to new restorative treatment options for both conventional and implant-retained restorations. With the increased processing power of computers over the past decade, computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) copings, frameworks, and abutments for conventional and implant-supported restorations have significantly altered treatment protocols for dentists and dental technicians. CAD/CAM-generated oxide ceramic components can be used to achieve optimal esthetics in any area of the mouth.


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