Current research: lithium disilicate restorations serving well

Dec. 14, 2010
Dr. Gordon Christensen comments on the use of lithium disilicate for dental restorations, saying time is still needed for long-term verification of the clinical acceptability of this concept.

By Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD

This retrospective clinical study accomplished in a general practice evaluated the success of lithium disilicate all-ceramic restorations in anterior and posterior situations over a 10-year period (IPS Empress II, Ivoclar Vivadent). 101 anterior restorations and 160 posterior restorations were observed in the study. The restorations were cemented with an adhesive bonding technique, using Variolink II resin cement.
Over the period of the study, six crowns failed and were replaced, four because of chipping and two due to core fracture, for a survival rate of 95.5%.

Dr. Gordon Christensen comments: Currently, you are seeing IPS Empress e.max advertised in many publications. This is the current name of the lithium disilicate product being distributed by Ivoclar Vivadent. Reports from the field and from scientific studies are looking very promising for single-unit restorations. However, time is still needed for long-term verification of the clinical acceptability of this concept. Too many types of all-ceramic restorations have come and gone in the last few decades, causing frustration and significant financial loss for both dentists and patients.

July/August 2010 Guide for Preferred Clients
Vol. 15, Issue 4
Valenti M, Valenti A. Retrospective survival analysis of 261 lithium disilicate crowns in a private general practice. Quintessence Int. Jul/Aug 2009; 40(7):573-579.Click here to read more clinical tips and current research from Dr. Gordon Christensen.Author bioDr. Christensen is a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah, and a Diplomate for the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the founder and director of Practical Clinical Courses, an international continuing education organization initiated in 1981 for dental professionals. Dr. Christensen is a cofounder (with his wife, Rella) and senior consultant of CLINICIANS REPORT (formerly Clinical Research Associates), which has conducted research in all areas of dentistry since 1976. Dr. Christensen is an adjunct professor for Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.