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International Journal of Computerized Dentistry



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Int J Comput Dent 11 (2008), No. 3     23. Dec. 2008
Int J Comput Dent 11 (2008), No. 3  (23.12.2008)

Page 241-256, PubMed:19216315, Language: English/German

All-ceramic Single-tooth Restorations: Choosing the Material to Match the Preparation - Preparing the Tooth to Match the Material
Baltzer, Andres
The shape of a crown preparation is the prime determinant for the choice of material for an all-ceramic restoration. One essential factor is the available space for the restoration, which requires a certain occlusal thickness. The dentist's preparation design determines the available vertical clearance, and the dental technician has the responsibility of advising the dentist with regard to either choosing the right material to match the preparation or to preparing the tooth to match the material. Assuming a minimum static fracture strength of > 2000 N, the following materials can be used for all-ceramic crowns. Laboratory surveys have shown that in most situations, the available occlusal clearance in clinical reality is only 0.8 to 0.9 mm (after cementing). This shows that the available space will often be insufficient for providing monoblock crowns and still on the tight side for veneered oxide ceramics (In Ceram, zirconia, etc.). However, crowns made of veneered oxide ceramics are much more complex to fabricate and much more expensive. By simply providing a minimal occlusal thickness of 1.5 mm, the treatment provider could therefore easily facilitate the use of the much more economical monoblock crowns without compromising either esthetics or strength. Actually, crowns with veneered oxide ceramic copings do not offer any higher fracture resistance compared to Mark II crowns as long as the minimum thickness requirements are met. The flexural strength of CAD/CAM-fabricated lithium disilicate rods is about twice that of CAD/CAM-fabricated Mark II rods. When used for crowns with a wall thickness of 1.5 mm, however, both materials exhibit the same fracture strength of between 2000 and 2500 N. This is related to the different reinforcing action of the adhesive luting agent, which is essentially required for both these materials. When choosing a material, preparation shapes, technical complexity and cost should be thoroughly compared and scrutinized and should figure prominently in the discussions between dentists and dental technician. Unfavorable preparation shapes for single crowns will necessitate compromises in terms of the choice of materials that result in high cost but do not offer anything in the way of higher fracture resistance. What constitutes an appropriate all-ceramic restoration for a single tooth? Do all-ceramic single crowns require the same material bulk as multi-unit bridges? Everything would indicate that a suitable preparation geometry allows feldspathic ceramic monoblock crowns to be milled that do not require any extensive finishing efforts such as thermal annealing or in-laboratory veneering while at the same time demanding no compromises in terms of esthetics and load-bearing capacity.
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