In this presentation, Dr Trinkner addresses the problems and solutions involved with using different restorative options—including what has worked well in certain scenarios and what has not—for the esthetic treatment of discolored teeth. Detailed and thorough communication with the laboratory is emphasized as paramount to successfully treatment planning cases of severely discolored teeth, especially when determining material selection and identifying the ideal preparation design. Dr Trinkner also discusses the factors compounding the problems of treatment planning discolored teeth; reviews the considerations for restorative material selection and associated preparation designs; and presents the nuances of different discoloration case scenarios.
Thomas F. Trinkner, DDS, is an associate professor at the L.D. Pankey Institute and is a clinical instructor for the General Residency Program at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, where he also maintains his own private practice focusing on cosmetic and complex rehabilitation cases. He currently serves on the editorial board of Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry and Signature Magazine and was formerly the editor of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Journal. His educational publications include several journal articles, videos, and pieces in national dental magazines. In addition, he offers hands-on training programs in his office with nationally and internationally known ceramist Matt Roberts from the CMR Dental Lab in Idaho.