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The International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry

Edited by Alessandro Devigus, DMD

Official journal of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

ISSN 1862-0612

Publication:

Winter 2008
Volume 3 , Issue 4

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Clinical Flexibility of the Metal Free Approach

Cortellini, Davide / Canale, Angelo

Pages: 324-346

The present possibility of defining a plan for reconstructive treatment taking into consideration metal-free materials and related clinical procedures offers wider therapeutic options for the clinician and the dental technician, establishing function, esthetics and longevity in prosthetic rehabilitation. The metal-free approach may be regarded as a new philosophy of treatment that extends beyond the solution of esthetic and cosmetic shortcomings in the anterior regions and involves a greater variety of complex clinical cases such as periodontal breakdown conditions and edentulous sites requiring implant therapies with varying degrees of difficulty. Nevertheless, as the use of new metal-free materials is such a recent introduction, there is insufficient long-term evaluation and scientific support available for these to be accepted as an established treatment option. This article presents two complex prosthetic rehabilitations showing the applicability of the metal-free approach to different clinical conditions including, as well as healthy sites, various patterns of periodontal disease and edentulism.

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