SUMMARY

Bonding to enamel has been shown to provide reliable results, and thus conservative tooth preparations are key to the success of ceramic bonded restorations. The wax-up is the first diagnostic tool available to evaluate discrepancies between current and ideal tooth proportions. The clinician's diagnostic mock-up provides the patient with a visual perception of the size and shape of the proposed restorations. The use of reduction guides assists the restorative dentist in evaluating the specific amount of tooth structure to be removed during preparation. Furthermore, total isolation with a rubber dam prior to bonding the final restorations is crucial for the success of adhesive protocols. The aim of this report is to demonstrate a conservative approach to tooth preparation with a complete isolation technique prior to bonding eight ceramic restorations.

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