As implant dentistry has evolved, the esthetic outcome of implant therapy has gained increasing importance. As a result both patients and those in the dental profession have become increasingly interested in the attractive esthetic characteristics of all-ceramic prostheses. Extensive research is being devoted to developing, testing, and reviewing the characteristics and performance of ceramic materials in connection with implant therapy. Nevertheless each patient is unique, and it is important to ensure that the appropriate prosthodontic material is selected for each case. This step often requires a team approach in which both the prosthodontic dentist and the dental technician are involved. This module will discuss the different parameters that should influence the decision-making process for selection and use of ceramic materials in implant prostheses.
After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…
assess dental ceramics against material selection criteria for implant FDPs
discuss ceramic materials according to their technical aspects
describe prosthodontic indications for ceramic materials in implant prostheses and abutments