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A paradigm shift for dental ceramics


Dental ceramics was traditionally used for its tooth-like optical properties and for being highly biocompatible. The strength, however, was not always optimal and consequently, an adhesive cementation technique was considered a prerequisite for gaining sufficient clinical performance. Newly-developed translucent and high translucent zirconium-dioxide have changed our way of considering dental ceramics and today, the clinical landscape of dental ceramics looks quite different compared to previously. The lecture will focus on indications, properties and clinical aspects.