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Unilateral occlusal elevation with a lithium disilicate onlay and a zirconia bridge

The situation after multiple mandibular fractures on the left side in an 85-year-old female patient who presented after sustaining a fall. (Image: Kuraray Noritake Dental)

Fri. 16. February 2024


The 85-year-old female patient presented after osteosynthesis of multiple mandibular fractures she had sustained in a fall (Figs. 1 & 2). During fixation, the left posterior region of the mandible was moved such that teeth #34–37 were brought out of occlusion (Fig. 3). The patient naturally wished to be able to chew properly again in this area. After endodontic treatment of the two avulsed central incisors, which had been replanted in the hospital, and periodontal therapy, occlusal elevation was planned on the left side.

The aim was to restore the teeth and elevate the occlusion with three onlays and a crown made of lithium disilicate (IPS e.max CAD, Ivoclar Vivadent). During tooth preparation, however, a longitudinal root fracture of the first molar was detected. Therefore, only the first premolar was restored in this session. For this purpose, an onlay was produced chairside using the CEREC system (Dentsply Sirona) and adhesively luted with PANAVIA V5 (Kuraray Noritake Dental). The first molar was extracted.

One week later, the extraction socket, which was still healing, was modelled for the ovoid pontic using an electrotome loop. The second premolar and molar were prepared as abutment teeth for a bridge. The bridge was then designed (Figs. 4–6) and milled from KATANA Zirconia Block for Bridge in Shade A3.5 and individualised with CERABIEN ZR FC Paste Stain (both Kuraray Noritake Dental; Figs. 7–10). A further week later, the bridge was luted with the self-adhesive resin cement PANAVIA SA Cement Universal after sandblasting (Figs. 11–13).

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