Why all-ceramic users should not turn their back on metal-ceramics
Originally published on the Ivoclar Vivadent Global Blog on December 17 2020.
Dental technology is a versatile and multi-faceted trade. A vast choice of materials is available, depending on the specific clinical case or production method. Located in the city of Dornbirn in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, Wohlgenannt Zahntechnik OG has been in business for over 40 years. Since 2002, Carola Wohlgenannt has run the laboratory together with her husband Christoph Wohlgenannt and her sister-in-law Doris Kuster-Wohlgenannt. Carola is the ceramist of the lab. She also teaches courses on all-ceramics and she is a frequent user of IPS e.max. In collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent, she has prepared a Special Edition entirely dedicated to the metal-ceramic system IPS Style.
Different routes to esthetics
Metal-ceramic users swear by their metal-ceramic materials. All-ceramic users take pride in the restorations they have created using materials such as IPS e.max. As a dedicated ceramist, Carola Wohlgenannt embodies a passion for both materials. For her, each of them has its purpose. The result is what really matters and that is to achieve a perfect solution for any given case. Knowledge about the possible uses and esthetic outcome of the individual materials is particularly important in this respect.
Conventional craftsmanship vs CAD/CAM
In her Special Edition, Carola Wohlgenannt shows how to create veneers on refractory dies using IPS Style – a supreme discipline. The outcome can only be assessed once the veneer is placed in the patient’s mouth. It requires a great amount of experience and skill to ensure that the shade and shape of the veneer accurately fit the requirements of the patient. The cases presented in the magazine highlight yet again the important position that conventional dental technology will continue to hold alongside CAD/CAM and digital dental technology. The team working at the Wohlgenannt laboratory combine innovative production methods and conventional techniques to form a coherent whole.
Veneers made of IPS Style
Carola Wohlgenannt has been working with materials from Ivoclar Vivadent since 2004. She came into contact with IPS Style for the first time as part of a test series shortly before the metal-ceramic was launched. She has never stopped using IPS Style for creating her veneers ever since. She particularly appreciates the brilliance and high strength that IPS Style lends to her restorations. Precision also plays a decisive part in her work. In this respect, the firing stability of the metal-ceramic is paramount. In the anterior region, esthetics is a sensitive topic. This means that every little detail requires careful attention, no matter how minute it may be.
Eager to find out more?
In the Special Edition “My veneers, my material – IPS Style”, Carola Wohlgenannt presents three clinical cases she restored with veneers. In each case, the wafer-thin layered ceramic veneers have given her patients new self-confidence. All cases are illustrated with images and packed with valuable advice.
Download Carola’s Special Edition on IPS Style here
About the author:
Carola Wohlgenannt (née Harfst) completed her education as dental technician in 1995 after 3.5 years as an apprentice at the Dental Studio Selke in Stuttgart/Germany. In 2002 she completed her exam as Master Dental Technician in Freiburg/Germany with the best results of her year. Until 2004, she worked at the dental lab Oral Design Thilo Vock in Stuttgart/Germany, focusing on her speciality areas of metal-ceramics and all-ceramics. Following that, she spent three months abroad, working with Jogi Kern in Beverly Hills (LA) USA.
Since 2005 Carola Wohlgenannt has been working independently as a Master Dental Technician with her Team Wohlgenannt Zahntechnik in Dornbirn/Austria. Since 2010, she has been sharing her knowledge and experience in courses and seminars.
*Imagery provided by Ivostar Vivadent Schaan and its associates.