Different materials and treatment options are available in aesthetic and restorative dentistry for the anterior region. The conventional protocol, including an analogue impression with polyether or polyvinylsiloxane, a master cast and die fabrication, waxing and pressing of ceramic materials, requires exceptional skills and is technique-sensitive. Intraoral scanning and digital impression taking provide an accurate alternative method for transferring information from the mouth to the dental laboratory. The digital file is always on the computer and can be immediately processed or at any time, unlike with the conventional procedure.
Regarding materials, various newer products, such as pressed or milled ceramics, offer enhanced strength and functionality; however, in thinner dimensions, they lack the inherent aesthetic beauty of conventional materials such as feldspathic porcelain. As patient demand for better aesthetics has increased in recent years so too has the need for restorative materials that closely mimic the patient’s natural dentition.