August 25, 2021
The patient case outlined here describes the challenges that prostheses have to meet under high stress. The patient presented to the practice with pronounced abrasion and asked to have his natural dental appearance restored. Full-mouth restorations have their own challenges, and this was particularly so for this patient, who tended to relieve his daytime stress by grinding his teeth at night. After completion of pretreatment and splint therapy, the patient presented to us with the status shown in Figures 1 and 2.
August 10, 2021
A fully automatic navigation assistant for root canal therapy? What may initially sound like robo-doc treatment or treatment by remote control will take endodontics a significant step forward on the way to sustainable, reliable preparation. Cases presented in this article illustrate how digital endodontic assistance systems will revolutionise everyday treatment in the future.
August 4, 2021
In today’s beauty-adoring society, most people have the desire to look and feel their best, since facial and physical appearance have a crucial role to play in an individual’s self-esteem, happiness and eventual success. It is undeniably human nature to attribute positive personality characteristics to attractive individuals, and such people customarily receive favourable treatment in a variety of situations.1 Beauty is subjective and difficult to delineate, as it lies in the eyes of the beholder, and the same applies to a beautiful smile. A substantial amount of research has suggested that smiles are powerful social forces that positively influence interpersonal judgements in innumerable ways. In global business, beautiful smiles are widely used as a marketing tool to produce positive impressions among fans and other consumers.
July 29, 2021
Aesthetic medicine is increasingly taking on a global connotation of harmony and balance, defined certainly by historically evolved and shared canons, but progressively corresponding to a biopsychosocially functional profile.1 From this perspective, different practices find common grounds of expression, aimed primarily at the interdependence between structure and function, constituting a dynamic functional unit which possesses characteristic and integrative links.2 In this article, we will take a deeper look at the contributions of speech therapy to facial aesthetics3 and to the reorganisation of stomatognathic functions4 in synergy with aesthetic medicine and aesthetic dentistry5 and in response to the aesthetic patient, deeply interlinked with personal life experience—the most intimate emotions linked to the self and identity.6
June 21, 2021
The presence of sufficient bone volume is one of the most important criteria for successful osseointegration of implants,1 wherefore restoration of atrophied edentulous maxillae poses a great dilemma for the surgeon and restorative dentist. Sinus bone grafting to build new bone for implant anchorage in atrophied jaws entails multiple surgical interventions and has varying implant success rates, high potential for donor site morbidity and increased surgical costs.2, 3 A major breakthrough came when Brånemark first used custom-designed, longer implants inserted into the zygomatic bone in support of a craniofacial prosthesis in the 1980s.4 When used in the treatment of maxillary atrophy,5, 6 zygomatic implants present a graftless alternative.
October 15, 2020
When I first heard about clear aligners in the early 2000s (the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of clear aligners to straighten teeth in 1980), it must have sounded like science fiction. The fact that it was created in Silicon Valley by people who had nothing to do with the dental industry, in seeking solutions that do not require complicated appliances in the mouth, is really an incredible story.
August 5, 2020
Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia ML was the first zirconia on the dental market with integrated shade gradation. First presented at the International Dental Show in 2013, this material has revolutionised the world of zirconia. Over the course of time, KATANA Zirconia UTML and STML and the change from ML to HTML have created a complete product portfolio. This article highlights the different characteristics of each of these varieties.
July 23, 2020
A female patient came to Studio Cortellini in Riccione in Italy in order to improve not just her ability to chew but also the overall aesthetic appearance of her teeth. A clinical examination revealed the presence of several erosive lesions that contributed to her chewing problems and had caused a decrease in enamel thickness. This reduction in enamel, combined with a number of discoloured composite restorations, negatively affected the aesthetics of her smile.