Int J Esthet Dent 11 (2016), No. 3 4. Aug. 2016
Int J Esthet Dent 11 (2016), No. 3 (04.08.2016)
Page 314-336, PubMed:27433548
The use of bonded partial ceramic restorations to recover heavily compromised teeth
Politano, Gianfranco / Fabianelli, Andrea / Papacchini, Federica / Cerutti, Antonio
Restorative procedures are accompanied by a reduction of tooth stability, a decrease of fracture resistance, and an increase in deflection of weakened cusps. The choice between a direct or an indirect restorative technique, mainly in posterior areas, is a challenge, and involves biomechanical, anatomical, functional, esthetic, and financial considerations. In this article, the pros and cons of direct restorations are examined, as well as an analysis of indirect restorations and an overview of dental ceramics. In particular, several clinical uses of lithium disilicate overlays with a circumferential adhesive ferrule effect are proposed: heavily compromised vital teeth with thin walls, cracked teeth, and endodontically treated molars. Clinical procedures are described step by step on the basis of data from scientific literature. In conclusion, the use of lithium disilicate in combination with adhesive technologies can lead to a more conservative, economic, and esthetic approach in the restoration of heavily compromised teeth.