Contemporary Dental Ceramics

  • V. B. PavlovićEmail author
  • Z. Vulićević
  • V. P. Pavlović
Conference paper


Dental ceramics were increasingly introduced to restorative dentistry at the beginning of the XX century as porcelain jacket crowns. However, their limited use in clinical practice was mainly associated to the mechanical shortcomings. In the early sixties porcelain-fused to-metal restorations were developed and for years have represented the “gold standard”, thanks to their good mechanical properties and to somewhat satisfactory esthetics. In the last thirty years, the growing demand for highly esthetic restorations has led to development of new all-ceramic materials and techniques. All-ceramic restorations combine esthetic veneering porcelains (consisting of a glass and a crystalline phase of fluoroapatite, aluminum oxide, or leucite) with strong ceramic cores, mainly made of lithium-disilicate, aluminum-oxide or zirconium-oxide. The most common complication is fracture that can initiate from several different sites on the surface, at interfaces, or within the material. While conventional methods of ceramic fabrication usually contain internal porosity, CAD/CAM technology ensures almost no internal defects. Such improvements in ceramic processing have allowed better structural reliability and greatly contributed to the success of all-ceramic systems. The aim of this study was to provide an overview on development of ceramic systems used in dentistry, their processing, including computer-aided design and computer-aided (CAD/CAM) technology, applications and future perspectives in this field.


Dental ceramics All-ceramic materials CAD/CAM technology 



This study was performed in the project framework of ON 172057, financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Serbia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. B. Pavlović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Z. Vulićević
    • 2
  • V. P. Pavlović
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Technical Science of Serbian Academy of Science and ArtsBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Faculty of DentistryUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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