06 JUL 2017 General-
DR. JOÃO MALTA BARBOSA CREATES CERAMIC RESTORATION REPLICTS EXTERNAL STRUCTURE AND DENTINA
Heard by ORAL HEALTH, the Portuguese researcher says that it is "the first ceramic restoration that replicates the enamel and dentine morphology of the natural tooth". João Malta Barbosa states that "this work resulted from a close collaboration between the Departments of Prosthodontics and Biomaterials and Biomimetry of New York University (NYU) and has a special meaning since it could serve as a link between the two for the realization this research project. It represents, therefore, a joint work between the clinical and research aspects in Dentistry. Its publication in a prestigious journal of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry (JERD), official publication of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, was also a feat that made us quite proud, since it is one of the journals dedicated to aesthetics indexed databases in the PubMed database with the highest scientific impact factor. "
On restorative ceramic restoration that can replicate the external structure of the natural tooth and dentin, João Malta Barbosa says that it is a methodology that "has the potential to bring several advantages not only for the patient and dentists but also for the colleagues dental technicians because it provides them with additional information that can be very useful in the confection of highly personalized and aesthetic restorations. The possibility of using the dentinal morphology of a natural tooth within a digital workflow allows not only to reduce the time spent in the design of the infrastructure, but also to have reliable information on this anatomical structure. Currently, only some softwares offer work modules able to simulate dentinal morphology, which are limited to pre-defined and artificial forms that, having value for total rehabilitations, demonstrate some limitations in unit cases where the replication of all morphological and optical characteristics of the natural dentition is critical for a satisfactory aesthetic result. "
João Malta Barbosa also says that some colleagues "may argue that an experienced technician is able to perfectly mimic a natural tooth. It is a valid argument, however, this experience and art may not be available to all dentists and / or medical colleagues, since they are often also associated with very high values, so another potential advantage will be obtaining similar results with lower production values. These are some of the benefits we hope to get in the long run. At the moment, we are in an intermediate stage of development, but because of the interest and positive feedback shown by several colleagues, we believe that very soon we will have more news about the democratization of this technique and its applicability in the day-to-day clinical of those who work with systems CAD / CAM. "
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