An Advanced Perspective on Lithium Disilicate Restorations in the Age of Zirconia
Time: 7:00 PM EDT, March 18, 2021
INTEGRATION OF CERAMIC SCIENCE IN ROUTINE AND COMPLEX PROSTHODONTICS
Dentistry that is esthetic to the patient is an important clinical objective. The knowledge within dental technology, dental science and dental practice has dramatically expanded leading to better quality; artistry and more standards based clinical applications. Ceramics are the most consistently predictable esthetic dental material. Today dentists can offer more treatment options for patient’s complex problems. The single phase or monolithic all-ceramic materials have become increasingly more popular and do not chip as do all bi-layered ceramic materials. These types of dental ceramic materials are dominating the market and future development bringing with it more long-term success. Metal-ceramics and monolithic Zirconia are the “state of the art” for complex implant prosthodontics.
Understanding methods to manage simple and complex restorative issues are critical to improving patient acceptance and even long term ceramic success. Methods to integrate the efforts of laboratory technologists and managing occlusion and patient’s desires can have a profound impact in the practice of dentistry.
All-ceramic materials were developed to improve ceramic color and marginal fit. Until recently few research reports attempted to study their long term use or factors that relate to their performance without modeling the data. Present bi-layered all-ceramic crowns on molars have reached their full potential. Despite substantial improvements in material strength and toughness, they still fail because of breakage and chipping at relatively high rates. The Lithium Disilicate e. max and Zirconia mono-layered all-ceramic material is changing dentistry and the realization of long-term ceramic survival. Original research will be presented that studied the clinical behavior of almost eight thousand all-ceramic restorations and specifically significantly more than 4000 e. max Lithium Disilicate restorations.
Understanding methods to manage simple and complex restorative issues are critical to improving patient acceptance and even long term ceramic success. Methods to integrate the efforts of laboratory technologists and patient’s desires, managing occlusion and final cementation protocols can have a profound impact in the practice of dentistry.
- To understand what factors and concerns a prosthodontist would have treating patients that require “esthetic procedures”.
- To understand the controversies that exists with modern dental materials.
- To understand what clinical factors impact on long term survival of dental ceramic materials. The e max lithium disilicate ceramic restoration has proved with over 4000 restorations and 16 years to be the most successful ceramic ever studied.
- To understand the restoration of dental implants in complex conditions.