September 15, 2017

Restoration of the Worn Dentition-The 3 Step Technique

Francesca Vailati

Break Down

Dental wear is a frequently underestimated pathology that nowadays affects an increasing number of individuals, not only for the excessive presence of acid in the mouth, but also because of parafunctional habits. Instead of leaving these dentitions degrading further a non-invasive (ADDITIVE) intervention should be proposed, based on an increase of vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO). To help "one tooth dentistry" clinicians to plan and executed more comprehensive rehabilitations, the 3 STEP technique should be considered, with its simplified protocol. Diagnosis, data collection and treatment plan are all part of this different way of approaching patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Being exposed to the differences between ADDITIVE versus subtractive dentistry
  • Making an initial diagnosis on the cause of the tooth wear.
  • Understanding the rationale behind the treatment planning a full-mouth ADDITIVE adhesive rehabilitation.
  • Looking at a variety of treated cases, to realize the potential applications of this technique, also in different situations than dental erosion.

About the Speaker

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1996, Dr. Vailati left Europe to pursue her dental education in the United States. In 2000 she received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and in 2003, she earned a certificate in Prosthodontics along with with a M.S.D. degree from the University of Connecticut (USA). Returning to Europe in 2003, she joined the department of Fixed Prosthodontic headed by Prof. Urs Belser at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where she remains as a senior lecturer. Dr. Vailati maintains a part-time private practice in Geneva, dedicated to aesthetic restorative dentistry and prosthodontics. She has contributed several articles in the field of restorative dentistry and implantology and lectures on a variety of topics related to full mouth adhesive rehabilitation and implant prosthodontics.