Understanding Current All-Ceramic Systems
Course Description: When it comes to aesthetics and current trends, all-ceramic systems are replacing metals as the material of choice. Ceramics are more aesthetic and tissue compatible, but are brittle and not as durable. Which ceramics are better for anterior teeth? Which should not be used on the posteriors? What is the difference in tooth preparation relative to tooth location and the ceramic being used? Which offer better color? Which last longer? What’s the proper way to bond ceramic restorations? Dr. Mariano Polack, an internationally known clinician and researcher, provides the answers to these questions and more.
Dr. Polack first defines the different ceramic categories and explains in clear, precise language why some systems succeed and others are expected to fail within a short time. He teaches that different ceramics fail in different ways and, when we understand the science of the material better, we can provide more aesthetic lasting restorations for our patients. In today’s environment of high expectations, this course is essential for any clinician that touches porcelains and provides aesthetic restorations for their patients.
After reviewing this course you will be required to successfully complete a test in order to verify successful completion of the course.
Course Objectives: After completing this course participants should be able to:
- Have an accurate definition of dental ceramics
- Classify ceramics based on their particle content
- Be familiar with clinical research related to zirconia restorations
- Understand the main failure mechanisms of zirconia and non-zirconia ceramics
- Describe the factors that affect the clinical performance of zirconia abutments
- Utilize several methods to improve the longevity of zirconia abutments and zirconia restorations
- Describe and institute predictable bonding protocols for zirconia restorations