Now is a great time to practice aesthetic and cosmetic restorative dentistry. Today, unlike ever before, clinicians and technicians have a variety of indirect restorative materials from which to choose, in order to quickly, easily, and predictably restore a patient’s smile, even when conventional cementation is required in the anterior region.
Traditionally, porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations have been placed when strength and durability in the posterior region were required, and/or in the anterior region when complete isolation from moisture could not be achieved, thereby eliminating all-ceramic restorative possibilities. All-ceramic restorations have been the dentist’s ideal choice for esthetics, but problems of sensitivity would develop if moisture was not controlled strictly or bonding techniques were not completed properly.
But today, IPS Eris metal-free restorations afford clinicians the opportunity to confidently place simple, cosmetic alternatives that demonstrate exceptional strength, aesthetics, color stability, and biocompatibility, even in the posterior region. And, what’s more, in those cases in which isolation of subgingival margins and the predictability of a dry field are compromised, the IPS Eris restoration can be cemented with traditional Type I glass ionomer cement, without compromising the overall strength and aesthetics of the final restorations.1-4
IPS Eris is a layering ceramic placed over the lithium disilicate frameworks of IPS Empress restorations and is a complementary part of the entire IPS Empress family of products. Indicated for anterior and posterior full-coverage crowns and 3-unit bridges, the IPS Eris layering material interacts with light in much the same way as natural teeth. As a result, IPS Eris restorations exhibit exceptional translucency, brightness, and light-scattering ability for a beautiful cosmetic result. The following is a case in point.