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Ultimate Zirconia Coping Design: Understnding Aesthetics and Function

eLABORATE Magazine featured Yugo’s article titled ‘Ultimate Zirconia Coping Design: Understanding Aesthetics and Function’ in Sep/Oct 2012 (published language: English).   Introduction: It has been a decade since Zirconia became available to the dental market, and it is now one of the premier alternatives to Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) restorations.   There are always pros and cons in selecting any material, and dental professionals need to treat their chosen material properly to ensure the longevity of the restorations. One of the common issues facing Zirconia is the potential fracture of the layering ceramic/porcelain (Fig 1 & 2). The general causes of the problem are: Firing program/conditions, Parafunctional stresses, Ceramic-Zirconia compatibility, and Insufficient support in the sub-structure.   Understanding of function/occlusion, visualisation of the outcome and an appropriate...

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Unbreakable Zirconia Abutments: New Lava and NeoLink Zirconia Abutments

eLABORATE Magazine featured Yugo’s article titled ‘Unbreakable Zirconia Abutments: New Lava and NeoLink Zirconia Abutments’ in Jan/Feb 2010 (published language: English).   Introduction:   Strength and aesthetics are foremost in the mind of today’s ceramist. The longevity of restorations has always been an essential factor. In the past, however, aesthetic compromises may have been tolerated, particularly in the posterior region. Thankfully today, achieving a lasting, highly aesthetic result technically has become far more accessible due to the development of new technology and materials. In the burgeoning field of implant dentistry, to maximise aesthetics, it is essential to create a customised abutment instead of using ‘off the shelf’ abutments. Custom abutments are necessary to control the emergence profile, as well as the Sub-Gingival Contour (SGC). Customised Zirconia...

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Reproducing Nature Part 3: Tooth Replacement with Root and Colour Matching Using Digital Photos

eLABORATE Magazine featured Yugo’s article titled ‘Reproducing Nature Part 3: Tooth replacement with root and colour matching using digital photos in 2006 (published language: English).   Introduction:   The technology available in dentistry in 2006 has improved significantly since I became a dental technician even though it’s been only eight years. Patients’ dental IQ and desires for beauty have also increased through exposure in the media.   Thanks to the advancement of software such as Adobe Photoshop, we can now give patients a new smile digitally/virtually before the commencement of work to provide them with a great idea of the final result with the projected outcome.   Material-wise, the trend has moved to metal-free restorations over traditional PFMs – higher aesthetics with less effort to achieve life-like restorations....

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