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Revista clínica de periodoncia, implantología y rehabilitación oral

versión On-line ISSN 0719-0107


GRANDON, Fernando; GALDAMES, Blas; MARCUS, Natalia  y  MUSTER, Maria. Metal free ceramic finished and characterized by manual polishing. Rev. Clin. Periodoncia Implantol. Rehabil. Oral [online]. 2018, vol.11, n.1, pp.39-42. ISSN 0719-0107.

Oral rehabilitation through metal free prosthetics has given functional and aesthetic solutions to various clinical conditions; nevertheless, single-tooth rehabilitation in the anterior region is still considered a major challenge. In these crowns as well as in metallo-ceramic structures, the finishing is obtained by the glazing technique. This technique could show some limitations to replicate the surface characteristics, especially in teeth with a rich micro-anatomy.

Case Report:

The aim is to present an anterior single-tooth rehabilitation with IPS E.max® crown, and its finishing by hand polishing technique, achieving clinical adjustments and customized surface anatomy, a smooth surface, excellent brightness and a very satisfactory aesthetic result.


Manual finishing technique is well documented, easy to execute and with low cost. Eventually, it could decrease repeated laboratory shipments and so the associated effects of the over-cooking of ceramic; nevertheless it requires knowledge of the type of ceramic to polish and a systematic clinical protocol implementation.

Palabras clave : Dental ceramics; Polishing methods; Biomimetic; Metal free.

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