Dental Medicine North-Zurich, Zurich/ Switzerland
Dr. Brodbeck graduated in Predental education from the University of Zurich Dental School in 1983 and his Dental Education from the University of Zurich Dental School in 1986. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Crown & Bridge, Prosthodontics and Dental Materials, University of Zurich, Dental School, Switzerland. Dr Brodbeck currently runs a private practice in North Zurich, Switzerland, where he practices as a Specialist Prosthodontist in Reconstructive Dentistry. Dr Brodbeck is an accomplished international speaker and is well renowned in Europe and the Asia Pacific for his long term clinical research on ceramic restorative materials. He has published numerous articles on the subject which have been featured in well respected journals.
Urs Brodbeck runs a private dental practice and is a Specialist SSO/SSRD for Reconstructive Dentistry. He works as an instructor at the Prophylaxis Clinic, Zurich, Switzerland, and holds lectures on all-ceramic reconstructions and esthetic dentistry worldwide.
From 1986 to 1988 Urs Brodbeck worked as an assistant in a private dental practice in Davos, Switzerland. After receiving his Doctorate in dentistry he worked as an assistant in the Department of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics and Dental Materials at the University of Zurich.
From 1990 to 1994, Urs Brodbeck was an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics and Dental Materials at the University of Zurich.
Following his promotion to Specialist SSO/SSRD for Reconstructive Dentistry, he was a guest researcher at the University of Sydney, Australia, Department of Fixed Prosthodontics
Lecture title: All-ceramic monolithic restorations. A concept out of practice – for the practice
The search for tooth colored and metal-free restorations are one of the major challenges in dental research. For several decades, ceramic has been used as a restorative material because of its aesthetics and intraoral stability. Unfortunately, the survival rate of most full ceramic systems seemed unsatisfactory; due to the natural brittleness of ceramic, the fractures had been the primary reason for the high failure rates in the past. But ceramics went though dramatic developments and the material properties changed significantly. In combination with innovations and improvements in adhesive technology, new possibilities were evolved to restore single teeth and to replace missing teeth.
Sintered ceramics are traditionally layered with metal, lithiumdisilicate (e. max press) or Zirconia. Nowadays, the technician has the choice to give up sintered ceramics totally by fabricating monolithic ceramics. Sintered ceramics do not show the same material quality than monolithic ceramics. Therefore, monolithic restorations will show for sure better long term results and better clinical stability due to less fracture and chipping. Of course, the aesthetic outcome is not yet on the same level as with layered ceramics. The dental technician has to be trained in this new technique. With some experience, the aesthetic results will be at astonishingly high levels.
This lecture will present a well-tried concept how to use monolithic restorations in private practice. The clinician has several options for its use: Small etch-ups, veneers, inlay/onlays, full crowns, cantilever bridges, three or multi-unit bridges. Myriads of clinical cases will demonstrate all the different fields of indication and inspire the clinician and dental technician to review their restorative concepts.