- This clinical report demonstrates the use of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) as a framework material with individually luted heat-pressed lithium disilicate glass-ceramic crowns for an implant-supported complete fixed dental prosthesis (ICFDP) and a conventional complete removable dental prosthesis (CRDP). This prosthesis design provides a non–computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) option for the fabrication of ICFDPs and CRDPs with individualized ceramic crowns for optimal esthetics.
- This clinical report describes a digital workflow using extraoral digital photographs and volumetric datasets from cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging to create a 3-dimensional (3D), virtual patient with photorealistic appearance. In a patient with microstomia, hinge axis approximation, diagnostic casts simulating postextraction alveolar ridge profile, and facial simulation of prosthetic treatment outcome were completed in a 3D, virtual environment. The approach facilitated the diagnosis, communication, and patient acceptance of the treatment of maxillary and mandibular computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) of immediate dentures at increased occlusal vertical dimension.
- This clinical report describes a digital workflow using the virtual smile design approach augmented with a static 3-dimensional (3D) virtual patient with photorealistic appearance to restore maxillary central incisors by using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) monolithic lithium disilicate ceramic veneers.
- This clinical report describes the treatment of maxillary and mandibular immediate implant placement and immediately loaded implant-supported interim complete fixed dental prostheses with a contemporary digital approach. The virtual diagnostic tooth arrangement eliminated the need for a customized radiographic template, and the diagnostic data collection required for computer-guided surgery (digital diagnostic impressions, digital photographs, and a cone beam-computed tomography [CBCT] scan) was completed in a single visit with improved workflow efficiency. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)-fabricated surgical templates and interim prosthesis templates were made in a dental laboratory to facilitate computer-guided surgery and the immediate loading process.
- This report describes a clinical technique for fabricating a maxillary implant-supported, removable complete dental prosthesis by using an intraoral digital scanner to register implant positions and soft tissue morphology. The presented technique uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology with a subtractive manufacturing process to fabricate a milled bar (infrastructure framework) and an additive process to fabricate a friction fit, superstructure framework. This digital restorative pathway may decrease patient discomfort and reduce the labor associated with fabricating implant-supported, removable complete dental prostheses.
- During their education, dental students seek to be involved in comprehensive esthetic treatment for the rehabilitation of lost, damaged, or discolored tooth structure. Due to technological advances and patient exposure to dental advertising, recent dental school graduates can find themselves under great expectations with limited clinical experience. With the implementation of an oral health and rehabilitation department at the University of Louisville Dental School, dental students have the opportunity to plan treatment and treat such patients under the supervision of faculty with advanced training in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry.