The Evolution of CAD/CAM Ceramics in Esthetic Dentistry

The Evolution of CAD/CAM Ceramics in Esthetic Dentistry
11:40 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Differentiate modern ceramic materials and their indications.
  • Discuss CAD/CAM technologies in esthetic dentistry.
  • Identify strategies for success with ceramic restorations for teeth and implants.

The recent evolution in CAD/CAM and ceramic technologies offers a whole new range of esthetic, less invasive, and long-lasting treatment options. However, there are still many questions: What are the best materials considering the large variety of ceramics available today? What ceramics can be used with chairside CAD/CAM systems? Do different ceramics require specific laboratory and clinical treatment? Is all zirconia the same? What are the best materials on implants? And where is the scientific evidence on all these topics? This presentation will answer such questions and provide an update on esthetic treatment options with ceramics from conservative laminate veneers to implant-supported full-mouth rehabilitations.

Biography: Dr. Blatz is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center.