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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 143-147

Challenges in reconstructing an isolated anterior tooth with a metal-free crown

1 Postgraduate Student - Department of Prosthodontics, Bauru School of Dentistry (USP), University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil
2 Professor in Mastering Program of Health Sciences, University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL), Brazil
3 Postgraduate Student in Mastering Program of Health Sciences, University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL), Brazil
4 Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Bauru School of Dentistry (USP), Bauru, SP, Brazil

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Jefferson Ricardo Pereira
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.122678

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Introduction: Currently, new esthetic treatments are available to the dentist due to the advent of ceramic-ceramic prostheses. A new option has become part of daily clinical practice, with the promise of esthetic optimization through the elimination of metal in prosthetic crowns. The translucence of these new systems allows the transmission of light through the tooth structure, minimizing gingival darkness and producing a vibrant and natural appearance. Case Report: The patient, 30 years old, female, showed with a fractured tooth crown at the cervical level in the right lateral incisive. It was observed that the tooth had prior adequate endodontic treatment. A metal-free restorative system was selected. A plaster model was obtained for subsequent tooth preparative scanning and manufacture of ceramic framework. After receiving the framework, adjustments were made and the color choice of covering ceramic, following the protocol of choice for a chroma suboptimal aiming further characterization. After the ceramics application, adjustments in shape, texture, and occlusion were made. The crown was characterized by exterior paint, getting a favorable result, restoring esthetics and function. Discussion : The metal-free systems are a viable alternative to the restorative treatment when esthetics is desired, allowing a natural and harmonious smile, combined with the reliability of the restorative material.

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