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June 22, 2017
By Nathaniel C. Lawson, DMD, PhD
Commercial Supporter: Essential Dental Systems
Ceramic materials have gained clinical preference, in part, because of their esthetic properties and reduced laboratory costs. However, perhaps the greatest clinical benefit of ceramic materials is that they are conducive to practicing more conservative dentistry. High-strength ceramics such as zirconia enable clinicians to prepare less tooth reduction. Conservation of tooth structure may be further achieved if the clinician chooses to bond the ceramic restoration. This article reviews sound clinical protocol for bonding ceramic restorations, including when to bond, steps for bonding zirconia and glass-based crowns, techniques for cleaning ceramics prior to bonding and the rationale for choosing different resin cements.
About the Author
Nathaniel C. Lawson, DMD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Community Sciences, Division of Biomaterials, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Alabama