The most esthetically pleasing and potentially beneficial tooth restoration is presented by a single ceramic veneer. The quality of the restoration is critical such that its use is favored to maintain the inherent quality of a smile while preserving valuable tooth enamel and not involving adjacent teeth. The expertise of the ceramic technician is most important to “match” this technique sensitive restoration.
Two ceramic veneers on the central incisors are restored with traditional “layering” porcelain. Preparation of the teeth is conservative and limited within the tooth enamel for the highest bond strength of ceramic material to tooth.
This patient, with previous ceramic restorations, presented with a fractured tooth and veneer.
Due to the amount of tooth structure lost, a stronger “pressed” ceramic restoration was used over traditional “layering” porcelain material. Provisional or “temporary” veneer restorations are seen below, improving tooth proportion and contour.
Definitive ceramic restoration in place. Dental occlusion, or the bite relationship with lower jaw movements, is an important aspect to the comfort, longetivity and patient satisfaction of treatment.
“Before and After” for the replacement of ceramic veneer restorations.
There are different reasons for their replacement including porcelain fracture, gingival recession and esthetic improvement.