ZIRCONIA DENTAL CROWNS: Advantages and Disadvantages

Clinicians who wish to provide patients with excellent dental restorations often choose zirconia crowns. These crowns are chosen over conventional PFMs (Porcelain Fusted to Metal) or full-gold crowns due to their superior strength, durablitly, and excellent aesthetics. Zirconia crowns require shoulder or chamfer margins for best results. They may be fabricated from solid full-contour zirconia or from layered zirconia and can be either screw-retained or cemented.

By Mario Abreu | September 22, 2017|

Dental Technology, Tips & Tricks

PORCELAIN VENEERS VERSUS DENTAL CROWNS

A clinician’s goal is to provide patients with optimal outcomes. Deciding which treatments will provide the best results for patients isn’t always straightforward, particularly when choosing between crowns and veneers. This decision has become even more important with the growing popularity of zirconia and pressable lithium disilicate restorations.

By Mario Abreu | September 18, 2017|

Dental Technology, Tips & Tricks

FIXED IMPLANT BRIDGES: Treatment Details

Fixed implant bridges help to restore a patient’s dental appearance and give back the ability to comfortably chew food. Treatment for fixed implant bridges is a multi-step process that requires significant planning and time to complete. Patients who are considering a fixed implant bridge should be aware that full treatment may take several months or up to one year to finish. The length of treatment time will depend on whether or not additional procedures, such as bone or sinus grafting, are required, and the following general steps.

TOOTH REPLACEMENT: Implant versus Bridge

Dental implants are becoming the preferred treatment for restoring missing teeth, replacing a more traditional option: tooth-supported bridges. There are advantages and disadvantages to both treatments, and dentists need to consider all the various factors and discuss this with their patients.

ANTERIOR COMPOSITE RESTORATION: Materials, Preparation, Techniques.

It can be challenging to create a visually-pleasing anterior composite restoration. The anterior teeth are, essentially, the ones you see when you smile. For obvious reasons, people want perfectly-crafted replacements. To be successful, the clinician needs to understand proper shade selection and must be able to accurately replicate the natural luster of a tooth and the correct tooth shape.

By Mario Abreu | September 07, 2017|

Dental Technology, Tips & Tricks

DENTAL SPLINTS: Materials, Benefits, and Features

Many different dental splints are available to dental patients. The type of splint used in each varying case will depend on the patient’s clinical needs, the requirements of the clinician, and the desired outcome. One of the most frequently-prescribed dental splints is the traditional flat-plane occlusal splint, which fits over the maxillary or mandibular arch. This splint is popular due to its ability to treat a wide variety of issues.

By Vicky Coontz | September 04, 2017|

Dental Technology, Tips & Tricks

BENEFITS AND FEATURES OF BIONATOR I AND BIONATOR II

Bionators are functional, removable appliances designed to correct overbites by promoting lower jaw growth. They can also be used to improve teeth positions in patients with an underdeveloped lower jaw. Bionators are suitable for patients aged seven years or older, with optimal results obtained while the patient is still growing.  

PROS AND CONS OF SAME-DAY DENTAL IMPLANTS

Understandably, patients who lose one or more teeth will want to replace them as quickly and as easily as possible. Dental implants often provide a suitable solution. An increasing number of dentists offer same-day dental implants using advanced techniques to place and, almost immediately, load the implants. This procedure relies on the implants being placed in such a way that they cannot move throughout the healing process. Although the implants are loaded with new restorations soon after surgery, they must still integrate with the bone; even the slightest movement could interfere with this process.

THE BEST MOUTHGUARDS FOR BRUXISM

Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity that, without the correct treatment, can cause considerable damage to teeth, gums, and jaws. While there is no reliable method for assessing bruxism, tooth wear is often connected to this condition. However, tooth wear can also be the result of abrasion, erosion, or long-term attrition.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IPS E.MAX

IPS e.max is a versatile, metal-free, high-strength material. It offers superior aesthetics, providing excellent restorations that help increase patient satisfaction. This material is suitable for fabricating single-unit crowns of many varieties: inlays, onlays, veneers, and screw-retained implant crowns. It may also be used to construct three-unit anterior bridges and for cases with minimum preparation dimensions. Other advantages for this material include a precision-fit and nearly-perfect contact between adjacent and opposite teeth. Restorations created using IPS e.max may be conventionally cemented using resin ionomer cement or, when necessary, can be bonded for maximum retention.

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