Dentistry that is esthetic to the patient is an important clinical objective. The knowledge within dental technology, dental science, and dental practice has dramatically expanded, leading to better quality artistry and more standards-based clinical applications. Ceramics are the most consistently predictable esthetic dental material. Today dentists can offer more treatment options for patientsí complex problems. Whereas metal-ceramics continue to be the state of the art, the all-ceramic restoration and computer-designed and machined technology will dominate the future of laboratory technology and profoundly affect prosthodontic care. An understanding of methods to manage simple and complex restorative issues is critical to improving patient acceptance and even long-term ceramic success. Methods to integrate the efforts of laboratory technologists with occlusal management and the patientís desires can have a profound impact on the practice of dentistry. This presentation will address all of these issues and describe prosthetic techniques that utilize newly developed ceramic gingival materials and designs for fixed prosthodontics.
Kenneth A. Malament, DDS, MScD, is an examining director and a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and maintains a full-time practice in Boston that includes a dental laboratory with master dental technicians. He is also a clinical professor in postgraduate prosthodontics at Tufts University. Dr Malament is secretary of the American College of Prosthodontics and president of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He has also served as president of the Northeastern Gnathological Society and the Northeastern Prosthodontic Society and as secretary-treasurer of the International College of Prosthodontics. Dr Malament has been a consultant to three journals and has published in the dental literature in the areas of all-ceramic survival statistics, fixed and implant prosthodontics, risk analysis, occlusion, materials science, and periodontics.
Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes