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Course Objectives (4 Credits)

This presentation shows multiple anterior and posterior restorations and multiple cases to demonstrate the use of all-ceramics as an alternative to PFMs in many situations. Basic to the laboratory fabrication system that is utilized is the use of a milled, zirconia ceramic understructure or core to reinforce crowns and bridges. Participants that complete the presentation will acquire useful information in many areas, including the following:

  • A discussion of alternative all-ceramic restorative options
  • Analysis of clinical situations comprising five cases and 14 units
  • Preparation techniques, impression, adjusting and cementing tips
  • Use of lab-fabricated and office-made temporary restorations
  • Choice and use of equipment, materials and supplies
  • Addressing practitioners' and patients' concerns
  • Understanding and using the technology


The program demonstrates multiple cases and units, "before" and "after" situations, and information about the technology that is used to fabricate an all-ceramic dental restoration that is reinforced with a hard ceramic understructure or core. You will see that you can confidently deliver more durable and esthetic metal-free posterior or anterior restorations than ever. The cases illustrate the rehabilitation of commonly encountered oral situations utilizing modern dental laboratory fabrication methods and dental materials. Practice techniques and tips are discussed and demonstrated to help participants select useful tools, materials and supplies and to efficiently prepare and temporize multiple teeth for cementable, all-ceramic restorations.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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Raigrodski AJ. Contemporary materials and technologies for all-ceramic fixed partial dentures: a review of the literature. J Prosthet Dent 2004 Dec:92(6):557-62.

Pallis K, Griggs JA, Woody RD, et al. Fracture resistance of three all-ceramic restorative systems for posterior applications. J Prosthet Dent 2004 Jun;91(6):561-9.

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