Why is all-ceramic a wise alternative?

The desire for beautiful teeth is a natural one – a good reason to pay attention to the selection and quality of the restoration.

Ceramics meet the highest aesthetic expectations and are biocompatible.
All-ceramic restorations do not have a metal core. Therefore, light can shine through the restorations as it does in natural teeth. In addition, the adjoining gum will show no dark metal edges.
Ceramic material is colourfast and wear-resistant. In addition, the low heat
conduction protects the dental nerve, which is very sensitive to temperature changes.

IPS e.max is a modern allceramic system which is characterized by a few, coordinated, metal-free materials. Depending on the defect that needs to be repaired, IPS e.max is ideally suitable for bridges and crowns.

Various materials for different demands

Different therapy methods are possible, depending on the type of defect that needs to be repaired:

Inlay/Onlay

If a tooth is only damaged to some extent – e.g. due to caries – a filling will be sufficient in general. If the dentist cannot fabricate the filling directly with a toothshaded resin (composite), the alternative is an inlay or onlay. These tooth-shaded “fillings” are either made in the dental laboratory using IPS Empress Esthetic or milled from ceramic blocks,
such as IPS Empress CAD directly in the laboratory.
Both options provide optimum cosmetic restoration of the tooth.

Veneers

Fractured or discoloured teeth or slightly malpositioned teeth can be easily and quickly treated with veneers. Veneers are thin «laminates» made of ceramic, which are
attached to the tooth and which – unlike crowns – do not cover the entire tooth. Only a small amount of tooth structure is ground away for veneers. The completed restoration is as true-to-nature in appearance as your neighbouring teeth.

Crowns

Teeth which demonstrate extensive damage can be restored or optically enhanced with all-ceramic crowns. For this purpose, the outer dimensions of the entire visible area of the tooth are removed and replaced by a tooth-shaded all-ceramic “cover”. Older restorations that are regarded as «unattractive» can also be given a natural and unobtrusive appearance.

Bridges

If entire teeth are missing, they can be replaced by bridges, which are supported by two healthy «abutment teeth».
Thanks to new technologies and materials, it has become
possible to fabricate allceramic bridges without a dark metal core or margin. Zirconium oxide, such as in IPS e.max, is the material of choice for frameworks, as zirconium oxide is biocompatible, translucent and exceptionally strong.

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