Restorative dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated management of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and supporting structures. It includes the rehabilitation of the teeth and the oral cavity to functional, psychological and aesthetic requirements of the individual patient.
In daily clinical practice, dentists often encounter existing restorations that must be replaced during the course of treatment. Materials used for these fixed prosthetics include all-metal (non-precious and those with gold and other alloys), porcelain-fused-to-metal, zirconia, and other all-ceramic solutions. Efficient removal of each type of restoration presents a different challenge chairside, whether for endodontic therapy, prosthetic replacement, or a combination of the two. Carbides are often used for cutting metal crowns; diamond burs for cutting ceramic restorations, and both must be applied with the appropriate instrumentation and technique.
This activity will present guidelines for an efficient approach and address the following:
- Review of current restorative materials
- Best practices for preparation technique
- Visualization and isolation of the treatment site
- Proper instrumentation for speed and cutting efficiency
- Importance of rotary selection
- Improving from “acceptable” to “proficient” chairside