The prosthetic rehabilitation of patients with esthetically and functionally compromised dentition frequently requires a multidisciplinary approach. Achieving esthetic objectives in these cases, both on implants and on natural dentition, presents a considerable clinical challenge, especially in the face of extreme compromise of tooth structure that also involves erosion and/or abrasion phenomena. The role of the prosthodontist is to select the most suitable prosthetic treatment that is the least invasive and at the same time aimed at achieving the best functional and esthetic long-term result. Traditional versus innovative protocols will be presented as well as some long-term follow-ups.
Mauro Fradeani, DMD, completed a specialization in dentistry at the University of Ancona, Italy, in 1983. He is a past president of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the Accademia Italiana di Odontoiatria Protesica and founder and director of the ACE Institute, an advanced continuing education center in Pesaro, Italy. He is also a founding member of Identalclub. Dr Fradeani is an associate editor for the European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and a member of the editorial boards of Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is the author of the two-volume series Esthetic Rehabilitation in Fixed Prosthodontics (Quintessence, 2004, 2008) and maintains a private practice limited to prosthetics on natural dentition and implants in Pesaro, Italy.
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