Clinical Performance of Novel-Design Porcelain Veneers for the Recovery of Coronal Volume and Length
Pascal Magne, Dr Med Dent/Raymond Perroud, Dr Med Dent/James S. Hodges, PhD/Urs C. Belser, Prof Dr Med Dent
The present study evaluated the clinical performance of bonded porcelain veneers (PV) restoring substantial coronal volume and length in the anterior dentition. Forty-eight PVs were placed in 16 patients, with systematic coverage and reconstitution of the incisal edge, including well-defined anterior guidance. A standardized protocol comprising diagnostic steps that integrate additive waxups and acrylic mockups was used. PVs were fabricated using feldspathic and low-fusing porcelains in a refractory die technique. Incisal overlaps featured freestanding porcelain spans ranging from 1.5 to 5.5 mm. After a mean clinical service of 4.5 years, 13 clinical parameters for each tooth and 4 parameters that applied to persons were recorded. Permutation tests evaluated the effects of margin location, incisal edge span of porcelain, overbite, opposing contact location, and restoration age on ceramic failure and clinical marginal adaptation and seal. At recall, 100% of the veneers were satisfactory with minor interventions. The effect of slight marginal defects and porcelain cracking was negligible. Biologic, periodontal, and esthetic parameters showed excellent results, which were supported by 100% patient-reported satisfaction. All patients felt comfortable with the newly defined anterior guidance. Aging was negligible, and there were no significant effects of margin location (P > 0.08), incisal edge span of the ceramic, or overbite (P > 0.22) on ceramic failure and marginal performance. Minor alterations of the palatal margin, however, tended to be more frequent compared to facial locations, and were found especially when the opposing tooth contact in centric occlusion was located on the palatal margin (P = 0.028). Bonded ceramic restorations represent a reliable, effective procedure to restore extensive coronal volume and length in the anterior dentition.