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The International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry

Edited by Alessandro Devigus, DMD

Official publication of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Arabian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, the Hellenic Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Scandinavian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the South African Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry

ISSN 1862-0612


Spring 2013
Volume 8 , Issue 1

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Biologically oriented preparation technique (BOPT): a new approach for prosthetic restoration of periodontically healthy teeth

Loi, Ignazio/ Di Felice, Antonello

Pages: 10-23
PMID: 23390618

Tooth preparations for fixed prosthetic restorations can be done in different ways, basically of two kinds: preparation with a defined margin and the so-called vertical preparation or feather edge. The latter was originally used for prosthetics on teeth treated with resective surgery for periodontal disease. In this article, the author presents a prosthetic technique for periodontally healthy teeth using feather edge preparation in a flapless approach in both esthetic and posterior areas with ceramometal and zirconia restorations, achieving high quality clinical and esthetic results in terms of soft tissue stability at the prosthetic/tissue interface, both in the short and in the long term (clinical follow-up up to fifteen years). Moreover, the BOPT technique, if compared to other preparation techniques (chamfer, shoulder, etc), is simpler and faster when in preparation impression taking, temporary crowns’ relining and creating the crowns’ profiles up to the final prosthetic restoration.

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