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All-Ceramic and Metal-Ceramic Restorations for Optimal Esthetics Part 1
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Metal-ceramic crowns have been widely and successfully used to many decades but today there are more all-ceramic restorations being placed.  This presentation will compare the two types of restorations based on the factors most important to dentists and their patients.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare the esthetic benefits and limitations of each type of crown
  2. Evaluate the soft tissue response and biocompatibility associated with each crown
  3. Describe the mechanical complications that can occur with both types of crowns
  4. Compare the benefits and limitations of veneered all-ceramic crowns versus monolithic designs
  5. Compare zirconia and lithium disilicate fixed partial dentures with metal-ceramic fixed partial dentures
  6. Compare the fabrication accuracy and fit



The quest for optimal esthetics coupled with the increased strength of all-ceramic materials has led to a significant increase in the clinical use of all-ceramic crowns and fixed partial dentures.  This presentation will identify the key factors that should be considered when determining whether to use all-ceramic crowns or metal-ceramic crowns.



  1. What are the esthetic advantages of all-ceramic crowns?
  2. Side-by-side esthetic comparison of all-ceramic and metal-ceramic crowns
  3. How do the different types of all-ceramic crowns compare esthetically?
  4. The soft tissue response to both types of crowns
  5. Biocompatibility considerations
  6. Metal-ceramic crown survival data and veneer chipping
  7. Zirconia and lithium disilicate veneer chipping
  8. Lithium disilicate and zirconia fixed partial denture strength and failure
  9. Metal-ceramic versus all-ceramic fixed partial dentures
  10. Accuracy of fabrication and fit
  11. Cost comparison


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