1001 Questions in Dentistry - Question 3. How do I know what ceramic material to choose for anterior and posterior restorations?

By Jaz Gulati
Tuesday January 1st 2019

Question : What ceramics should I use for anterior and posterior restorations?

Dr Jasneet Gulati provides his answer of how Tubules Videos have helped

When I left Dental school, I felt I had a good grasp of dental materials. The problem was that most of the knowledge I had was academic, and applying the knowledge to clinical situations is far more complex.

From attending several Tubules study clubs, congresses and post-graduate courses over the years, I grew more confident in material selection, including dental ceramics.

This 2 part video series by Ed McLaren on Tubules is a fantastic, concise and clinically relevant summary of the selection of ceramics in anterior and posterior restorations.

The more courses I attend, the less new stuff I learn. Instead, my knowledge gets consolidated and I grow confident in my clinical protocols and decisions. However, I do always pick up a few gems which I can implement on Monday morning.

The below videos cover classification of ceramics, material thicknesses, guidelines for ceramic selection and preparation designs.

A really nice gem I picked up from this Tubules lecture was to assess for cracks in the anterior teeth when considering veneers. The presence of vertical cracks is a warning sign, but vertical cracks are still not as significant as horizontal cracks. Since learning this, I have been transilluminating anterior teeth and have been able to diagnose these horizontal cracks, where I may have missed them before. The presence of such cracks certainly influences your choice of ceramic, as well as how you manage the occlusion, which Dr McLaren discusses in this video.

To view Dr Edward Mclaren's videos click here

Contemporary Ceramics Part 1 Anteriors

Contemporary Ceramics Part 2. Minimal Preparation Veneers

Or View the Preview below first


The team at DentinalTubules can also recommend another super CPD TubulesTalk video on the selection of ceramics.

This lecture was provided by Professor Terry Donovan and was entitled an evaluation of contemporary ceramic systems . Click here to view that lecture in full. It is an entertaining, fast paced and a really well maintained lecture that was filmed at BSRD in September 2014. 

In the meanwhile, here is a preview for you to see

Dr Dr Mahul Patel has done an immense job of trying to answer this question with his videos and his course.
His 2 day PREParation_EVOLution course is hands on and covers all this in immense details.

There are other videos recommended on Question 4 from Dr Mahul Patel and Dr Basil Mizrahi that also provide some very informative videos about this

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