Aim: The aim of the survey conducted in dental laboratories was to evaluate the current trend in fabricating a full ceramic restoration for discolored anterior teeth through a questionnaire and personal interaction with the dental technician.
Materials and Methods: The survey questionnaire consisted of 20 questions aimed toward the current trend in fabricating a full ceramic restoration for discolored anterior teeth. This questionnaire was validated by a panel of senior prosthodontists and technicians and was sent to 32 dental technicians in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Results and conclusion: The results of the study showed that majority of the dental technicians preferred taking the stump shade themselves by visiting the clinic or inviting the patient to the laboratory. Majority of the dental technicians preferred using lithium disilicate material and its medium opacity ingots to fabricate restorations by the layering technique for masking discolored anterior teeth. Majority of the technicians believed that their dentists did not use try-in paste prior to luting of the restoration.
Clinical significance: This survey would help to improve the rapport between the clinicians and dental laboratories and optimize the esthetics of the restorations fabricated for anterior discolored teeth.
Keywords: Communication, Discolored teeth, Ingots, Lithium disilicate, (IPS e.max), Stump shade, Try-in paste.
How to cite this article: Shah NP, Jain AJP, Ram SM, Nadgere JB. Current Trend in fabricating a Full Ceramic Restoration for Discolored Anterior Teeth: A Dental Laboratory Survey. J Contemp Dent 2016;6(3):161-165.
Source of support: Nil
Conflict of interest: None