CAD and CAM are gaining importance for dentists. Dr Andreas Kurbad writes about the IPS e.max CAD lithium disilicate glass-ceramic from Ivoclar Vivadent.As dental CAD/CAM systems have become established in dentistry, the vision of producing indirect restorations in the dental practice has become reality. Chairside manufacturing requires not only the appropriate technical equipment but also materials that are fit for the purpose. Dr Andreas Kurbad from Germany is a CAD/CAM professional. He has been dedicated to the chairside manufacturing of restorations for many years.

Suitable materials such as lithium disilicate glass-ceramics are essential for chairside manufacturing.

For a material to be suitable for chairside processing it should meet a number of criteria, as Dr Andreas Kurbad points out: “For instance, the material should be strong enough to withstand a lifetime of use.” However, according to Dr Kurbard, materials that are too strong are difficult to process in a milling and grinding unit, especially since onsite manufacturing processes are expected to take only a short time. “Another requirement is that the material should exhibit a tooth-like esthetic appearance, for instance in terms of its shade attributes,” the CAD/CAM professional adds. “The appearance should meet a certain esthetic sensibility.” After all, onsite fabrication methods are not conceived for elaborate enhancements, such as ceramic veneers.

In the opinion of Dr Kurbad, chairside materials should fulfil the following basic requirements:

Find out which material Dr Andreas Kurbad has been using for now over 10 years with good success.

Read here the complete report “IPS e.max CAD: Gold standard for chairside restorations” by Dr Andreas Kurbad, extracted from Reflect 1/2018.

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