All-ceramic implant reconstructions in the aesthetic zone - myths and truths
Daniel Thoma
Esthetic and functional demands of patients are increasing. Innovative materials and therapeutic options pave the way to fulfill these needs. Key elements on the restorative level include predictable longer-term outcomes and high esthetics based on an optimal choice of restorative materials. As such, all-ceramic reconstructions have been successfully used, providing outstanding esthetics and 5-year data similar to metal-based reconstructions. More recently, hybrid abutments –a combination of all-ceramic reconstructions and a metal insert, were developed. Whereas those materials are beneficial in terms of costs and mechanical testing, clinicians should be aware of pitfalls associated with limited clinical evidence.