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Next Generation Minimally Invasive Porcelain Laminate Veneer Preparation Design

Robert R. Winter, DDS

Monday, October 24, 2016

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  • Establishing a clear vision of the desired treatment outcome and an understanding of the complexities of the case is the first step in the preparation for a porcelain laminate veneer
  • Determining the type and amount of tooth reduction required is the next vital step in the process
  • Controlling the amount of facial and incisal reduction will determine the predictability of the esthetic outcome and the survival rate of the restoration.

Before clinicians begin preparing a tooth for a porcelain laminate veneer, they must determine the desired treatment outcome and fully understand the complexities of the case. The goal is to create a preparation process that allows for predictable outcomes based on the changes in shade and value desired in the final restoration while preserving enamel and tooth structure.

The preparation guidelines featured are depth-limiting bur concepts the author developed based on average enamel thickness, preservation of enamel, the ceramic thickness required to facilitate the desired shade change, and a translucent outcome. Learn more about Dr. Winter’s recommendations for determining the type and amount of tooth reduction required to ensure the survival rate of the restoration.

About the Author

Robert R. Winter, DDS, maintains a prosthodontic practice, is a master dental technician, and has taught more than 700 didactic, clinical, and technical courses worldwide. He is a principle instructor at Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a consultant for DLH. He is a member of the graduate prosthodontics faculty at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California and is on faculty at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine.

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