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International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry  (English Edition)



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Int J Esthet Dent 5 (2010), No. 4     5. Nov. 2010
Int J Esthet Dent 5 (2010), No. 4  (05.11.2010)

Page 330-339, PubMed:21069105

The Parallel Stratification Masking Technique: an Analytical Approach to Predictably Mask Discolored Dental Substrate
Magne, Michel / Magne, Inge / Bazos, Panaghiotis / Paranhos, Maria Paula Gandolfi
Discolored dental substrates continue to challenge the restorative team when ultraconservative treatment modalities are chosen. An innovative laboratory concept - the parallel stratification masking technique - has been developed in order to achieve maximum preservation of dental hard tissues and predictably accomplish a desirable esthetic outcome. The major advantages of this technique are that the ceramist is able to: a) identify and map the discolored dental substrate, b) predictably mask the discolored dental substrate, and c) assess the appropriate masking efficacy of the fabricated restoration prior to laboratory delivery to the dentist in cases of bonded porcelain restorations.