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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

April 1998
Volume 29 , Issue 4

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Five-year clinical performance of porcelain veneers

Peumans/Van Meerbeek/Lambrechts/Vuylsteke-Wauters/Vanherle

Pages: 211-221
PMID: 9643259

Objective: The overall clinical performance of porcelain veneers was evaluated at 5 years. Method and materials: Porcelain veneers were placed on 87 maxillary anterior teeth in 25 patients (19 to 69 years) by a single operator following a standardized clinical procedure. At the 5-year recall, esthetics, marginal performance, vitality, fracture rate, and patient satisfaction were recorded. Results: At recall, 93% of the veneers were satisfactory without intervention. The remaining 7% presented clinically unacceptable problems such as recurrent caries, porcelain fracture, severe clinical microleakage, or pulpal reaction. The retnetion rate of the porcelain veneers was 100%, and the maintenance of esthetics was perfect . Only 14% of the veneers presented excellent marginal adaptation over the entire outline of the restoration; however, the impact of the slight marginal defects on the clinical performance was negligible. Conclusion: Labial porcelain veneers offer a reliable and effective procedure for the conservative treatment of discolored, malformed, and malaligned anterior teeth.

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