Name: Ceramic Innovations Inspire Esthetic Dentistry

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People who have beautiful eyes and lovely teeth are beautiful. Because that is what the eye of the onlooker perceives first.

The proportions have to be right and form a harmonious whole. As far as teeth are concerned, the dental industry has created a host of innovative methods and products over the past decades, which narrow the gap more and more between a high ideal and the achievable reality.

These include modern diagnosis and therapy options, including face scanners, backward planning implantology and controlled tissue generation, and in particular ceramic materials. Visitors can gain a comprehensive overview of these developments at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany from 21 – 25 March 2017.

New materials offer more options
Ceramics are predestined for use in dentistry because of their white basic coloring. They have been playing an outstanding role as veneering materials for decades and they have increasingly been establishing themselves as framework material for around 20 years.

Zirconium oxide, lithium disilicate, zirconium oxide reinforced lithium disilicate – a wide range of options are available today depending on the individual indication.

How far these indications range in detail remains to be an exciting question. For example, to what extent can zirconium oxide reinforced lithium silicate be used for bridges? Or a single implant from the (artificial) root to the crown be made out of zirconium oxide? In which cases can hybrid ceramics be used as a possible alternative?

New possibilities for esthetic perfection
With a veneer that matches the color of the patient’s teeth, a restoration is almost as identical to the natural teeth as two peas in a peapod. The most striking development, however, is that attractive esthetics can also be achieved in many cases without using veneer.

This saves time and enables a level of work efficiency that was previously not known. After translucent material options have factually asserted themselves for zirconium oxide, dyed blanks have now created a new impetus particularly in the production area.

Today, they can cover the entire common shades which in turn renders the veneer superfluous in many cases or makes the process simpler and faster. Coherent ceramic systems aid the classic layer technique here.

In the case of non-veneered zirconium oxide frameworks the individual characterization is achieved with the aid of staining systems. A ceramic infiltration of zirconium oxide frameworks with suitable staining fluids is basically an interesting option too.

And certain hybrid ceramics can simply be polished or characterized using a light-curing method. Irrespective of this, there are no restrictions. Ultimately, there is no limit to the individual design options using the ceramic layer technique.

However, frequently many roads lead to Rome, in terms of the patient-friendly esthetic design. The dentist and dental technician have to select the most efficient and most economic option.

New options for production of esthetic restorations
Several esthetic and at the same time economic solutions are available to the laboratory and dental practice. For example an effective measure is furnishing one’s own room for shade matching.

Extended diagnostics including the simulation of the prosthetic final results with face scanners in the practice are further supportive measures. Digitalized data allows the information gained to be passed on to the laboratory.

The modern technology particularly facilitates the planning of implants and the safe definition of the best position for the artificial tooth root with a view to the most attractive prosthetic restoration ultimately also improves the esthetic aspect and the work efficiency. This also includes of course the selection of the ideal production process.

For example, in the meantime three-unit zirconium oxide bridges can be produced chairside. Labside among others the super-fast “speed production” of this material and the multi-layer technique (bonded CAD/CAM produced veneer) are very convincing.

The latest development is 3D printing which once again exploits new materials, namely high-performance plastics.

The dental industry will be demonstrating the potential of esthetics dentistry at the IDS in Cologne. Here the manufacturers will be presenting their latest developments.

Dental technicians and dentists can discover innovations and the opportunity to profit from the knowledge exchange. It is going to be interesting because many products and methods will be presented live at the IDS.

Their actual benefit for the users will thus become directly clear. This will enable dentists and dental technicians to make future-proof investment decisions for their own businesses.


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