Font size

IDS 2017: Ceramic innovations



Precoloured veneering ceramics, infiltration method and economic production options for aesthetic restorations are the central themes at the IDS in Cologne.

 -  Innovative methods and products at the IDS
© Koelnmesse
Innovative methods and products at the IDS

As far as teeth are concerned, the dental industry has created a host of innovative methods and products over the past decades, which narrow the gap more and more between a high ideal and the achievable reality. These include modern diagnosis and therapy options (i.e. face scanners, backward planning implantology, controlled tissue generation) and in particular ceramic materials. The trade fair visitor can gain a comprehensive overview at the International Dental Show in Cologne, from 21 to 25 March 2017.

New materials

It goes without saying that ceramics are predestined for use in dentistry because of their white basic colouring. They have been playing an outstanding role as veneering materials for decades and they have increasingly been establishing themselves as framework material for around twenty years. Zirconium oxide, lithium disilicate, zirconium oxide reinforced lithium disilicate - a whole row of options are available today depending on the individual indication.

How far these indications range in detail remains to be an exciting question. The visitors will find straightforward answers at IDS 2017.

Possibilities for aesthetic perfection

With a veneer that matches the colour of the patient's teeth, a restoration is (almost) as identical to the natural teeth as two peas in a peapod. The most striking development, however, is that attractive aesthetics can also be achieved in many cases without using veneer. This saves time and enables a level of work efficiency that was previously not known.

After translucent material options have factually asserted themselves for zirconium oxide, dyed blanks have now created a new impetus particularly in the production area. Today, they can cover the entire common shades which in turn renders the veneer superfluous in many cases or makes the process simpler and faster. Coherent ceramic systems aid the classic layer technique here. In the case of non-veneered zirconium oxide frameworks the individual characterisation is achieved with the aid of staining systems. A ceramic infiltration of zirconium oxide frameworks with suitable staining fluids is basically an interesting option too. And certain hybrid ceramics can simply be polished or characterised using a light-curing method. Irrespective of this, there are no restrictions: Ultimately there is no limit to the individual design options using the ceramic layer technique.

Options for the economic production of aesthetic restorations

Several aesthetic and at the same time economic solutions are available to the laboratory and dental practice. For example an effective measure is furnishing one's own room for shade matching. Extended diagnostics including the simulation of the prosthetic final results with face scanners in the practice are further supportive measures. Digitalised data allows the information gained to be passed on to the laboratory.

The modern technology particularly facilitates the planning of implants and the safe definition of the best position for the artificial tooth root with a view to the most attractive prosthetic restoration ultimately also improves the aesthetic aspect and the work efficiency. This also includes of course the selection of the ideal production process.

The dental industry will be demonstrating the potential the highly emotional theme "Aesthetics" offers at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017 in Cologne. Here the manufacturers will be presenting their latest developments.