The effects of parafunction manifest themselves every day in the typical dental practice in the form of tooth wear, broken restorations, and headaches. Eliminating clenching and bruxing is impossible, making the management of the patient’s condition the ultimate goal of treatment. Managing Parafunction will provide the clinician with additional treatment options in the ongoing campaign against the effects of parafunction.
The overall esthetics of a case are heavily determined by the clinician’s understanding of hue, value, chroma and translucency, and their ability to apply these concepts chairside. This understanding applies not only to the dentist, but to staff members who often determine the shade for fixed and removable cases. Shade Selection presents a systematic, simplified approach to color in the dental practice.
Of all the crown and bridge materials released in recent years, zirconia appears to be the best suited for universal applications. Monolithics for strength, and more recently, for esthetics along with zirconia cores with layered porcelain provide the clinician options to treat anyone from the parafunctional patient to someone with high esthetic demands. This Lunch & Learn will explore the differences between the zirconia options and highlight their indications and contraindications.