Minimal-invasive all-ceramic restorations: Lithiumdisilicate & zirconia - where are we now?
The recent paradigm shift in fixed prosthodontics from traditional to minimal invasive treatment approaches is evidenced by the clinical long-term success of bonded lithium-disilicate glass-ceramic restorations. Moreover, advancements in all ceramic, CAD/CAM material systems, and digital restoration planning and fabrication enabled the development of innovative treatment concepts for the rehabilitation of severely compromised dentition using translucent zirconia ceramics. Digital face scans and novel CAD/CAM applications offer a standardized manufacturing process, resulting in a reliable, predictable and economic workflow for complex rehabilitations. Moreover, the esthetic outcome with respect to color and appearance of these lithium disilicate and zirconia CAD/CAM fabricated restorations and their integration into the facial harmony is superior. The lecture will present the clinical cases and the scientific evidence pertaining to the clinical success of all-ceramic and CAD/CAM materials as well as digital restorative technologies.