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PPR offers a guide to CAD/CAM ceramics

April 17, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Dentists interested in exploring ceramic restoration materials can get evidence-based guidance on choosing appropriate computer aided-design/computer-aided manufacturing materials for different clinical situations in an issue of the ADA Professional Product Review published online April 17.

The full article is available at

The report, Ceramic CAD/CAM Materials: An Overview of Clinical Uses and Considerations, explores three classes of ceramic materials for CAD/CAM restorations: zirconia, glass ceramics and resin ceramic composites.

The review aims to provide clinicians with processing considerations, delivery mode, shade options and recommended surface treatments. It includes quick reference guides on the different ceramic materials, which can assist dentists in selecting the best material for a particular treatment.

"CAD/CAM restoration fabrication methods are rapidly replacing traditional techniques used by dentists and dental technicians," said PPR editor, Dr. David Sarrett. "This review provides a valuable comparison of the available ceramic materials for dentists to consider and a clinical flow-chart to aid decision making.  If you are transitioning from metal or metal ceramic restorations, this issue of the PPR will give you a jump start."

Dr. Jeffrey Platt, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, said this issue of PPR could be valuable resource for members, especially considering that the use of all-ceramic restorations is becoming ubiquitous.

"Even if a dentist does not use an in-office CAD/CAM system, it is very likely that the commercial laboratory that fabricates the restoration is using a CAD/CAM system.  So, restorative dentists today must be familiar with these options," he said.

ADA Professional Product Review, launched in 2006 under the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, offers unbiased and scientifically sound reviews of dental products.

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