How to Mask Dark Underlying Dentition and Manage Space

Matt Roberts, CDT · Technical · Feb 2010

  • Figure 2 Removal of the PFM restorations revealed compromised underlying color and aggressively prepared dentition consistent with PFM preparation design.

  • Figure 9 The final clinical result showing an esthetic transition of color and masking of dark underlying preparations.

  • Figure 1 The patient had large, unesthetic porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations.

  • Figure 7 Backlighting of the final buildup shows internal effects.

  • Figure 6 Shading ceramic was applied to the restorations on the composite dies to achieve the desired color and enhance the incisal effects prior to layering.

  • Figure 8 The final restorations on the model.

  • Figure 4 A full-contour waxup for each restoration was completed prior to cutting back the incisal in wax.

  • Figure 5 The restorations on the model prior to layering.

  • Figure 3 An incisal view of the preparations shows the minimal preparation of the lateral incisors and the extra room available for ceramic on the central incisors.

About The Author
Matt Roberts, CDT

Owner at CMR Dental Lab

Matt Roberts, CDT, Owner of CRM Dental Lab in Idaho, has been involved in esthetic reconstructive dentistry for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the American...

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