Rebuilding the ideal tooth from a nonvital root requires similar esthetics and mechanical and biologic behavior. The term biomimetics is often used as a primary factor of success. But what does this mean for long-term success? This presentation will evaluate recent endodontic procedures and scientific data to answer this question and several others, such as the following: How do we deal with craze lines, cracks, and fissures? How does this affect our treatment modality? What is the difference between vital and nonvital, young and old dentin? How does internal bleaching affect strength? Which internal bleaching substances should be used? When are veneers or veneer crowns or full crowns indicated? Why, when, and how are fiber, metal, and ceramic posts used? The selection process and the potential of each treatment modality will be discussed by means of clinical cases and studies, exploring the drawbacks of the present treatment guides and overcoming current pre-conceptions by using smart approaches driven by an all-encompassing treatment concept.
Konrad H. Meyenberg, DMD, completed a postgraduate program in reconstructive dentistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His special areas of interest and research are periodontal prosthetics, adhesive dentistry, esthetic prosthodontics, and implant dentistry. Since 1992, he has maintained a private practice limited to esthetic reconstructive dentistry in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a senior lecturer for reconstructive dentistry at the University of Zürich and at the University of Bern. A well-known speaker at numerous international congresses, Dr Meyenberg has published numerous articles in the fields of esthetic dentistry, periodontal prosthetics, and implant prosthodontics. He is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the Swiss Society of Reconstructive Dentistry. He is certified as a specialist in reconstructive dentistry by the Swiss and European dental societies. Dr Meyenberg is a member of the editorial board and reviewer of the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, and the Journal of Implantologie.
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