When a natural esthetic outcome is desired, the restoration of discolored natural teeth (endodontically treated teeth that have discolored or metallic cores or metal implant abutments) can be the most challenging technical dilemma. This can be further complicated when adjacent restorations need to be fabricated and there is a variety of tooth preparations, restoration thickness, or implant restorations. This presentation outlines the clinical and technical protocols involved with restoration and discusses important criteria for restoration material selection. Participants will leave with an understanding of clinical procedures that create predictable outcomes; applicable technical procedures for each scenario; and appropriate materials selection criteria.
Robert R. Winter, DDS, maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics in Newport Beach, California, and is a member of the graduate prosthodontics faculty at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California and is on faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He has taught more than 450 didactic, clinical, and technical courses in more than 35 countries and is the founder of the Oral-Facial Design Center, an educational facility in Newport Beach, where he teaches a series of clinical and technical educational courses. In addition, Dr Winter has published numerous articles and sits on the advisory boards for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, Advanced Esthetics and Interdisciplinary Dentistry, and Dental Dialogue. He is co-owner of Esthetics By Design, a quality-oriented dental laboratory, and is actively involved in research and product development pertaining to new dental materials.