Material Selection for Indirect, Anterior Restorations

Victoria A. Ambrogi

Ambrogi, Victoria, A.
Faculty / Advisor: Dr. Weinstock, David, Dr. Deakins, Nicole
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences


When it comes to indirect restorations in the anterior sextant of the oral cavity, one crucial decision arises: material selection. The material of choice for highly esthetic cases is porcelain. However, within the porcelain family, there exists three restorative options commonly considered; these include zirconia, lithium disilicate, and feldspathic. The restorative honors clinic has allotted students experience with cosmetic restorative materials. In doing so, the strengths and weaknesses for these three forms of porcelain have been investigate. This presentation analyzes recent research regarding porcelain selection for anterior restorative cases while providing anecdotal evidence from cases throughout the year. Furthermore, lithium disilicate, commonly referred to as E.max, has proven to yield the best results from an esthetic and functional perspective.