Prof. Dr. Christian F.J. Stappert, MS, DDS, PhD
Dr. Christian Stappert is Professor at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany and Executive Medical Director (CMO, CTO) of the Swiss Smile Dental Group, Switzerland. Most recently, he taught as Professor and Director of Periodontal Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, served several years as Director of Aesthetics and Periodontal Prosthodontics at the Department of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry associated with the Department of Biomaterials & Biomimetics at New York University College of Dentistry. Prof. Stappert is cross-trained in Prosthodontics and Periodontics as well as Implant Surgery and graduated ‘Master of Science – Biomaterials and Biomimetics’ at New York University. His research interests involve the reliability of dental materials and clinical restorations, as well as tissue management and the perio-implant interface. Dr. Stappert has published over 90 scientific papers, book chapters and peer reviewed publications. He is editorial board member and reviewer of numerous scientific dental journals, and active member inter alia at the AO, AAED as well as GNYAP, and past president of the IADR Prosthodontics Research Group.
Oral esthetic rehabilitation with ceramic veneers, partial coverage, or 360° ceramic restorations
The concept of acid etching porcelain and bonding to a tooth with an acid etch technique was first cited in the dental literature in 1975 with Rochette’s description of an innovative restoration of a fractured incisor. The evolution of dental ceramics has revolutionized our ability to restore patients. Due to their preferred optical and biological properties, all-ceramic materials assessed to be ideal for tooth- and implant-supported restorations.
New ceramic materials allowed for extension of classic facial veneer preparation designs to more defect‐oriented partial coverage and full veneer preparations introduced by Stappert et al. in 1999.
The new flexibility in preparation design based on enhanced ceramic material strength established ceramic veneers as valid alternative to full crown restorations in the anterior dentition. Anterior veneer restorations require on average only 17–30% coronal tooth structure removal when compared to 60–70% of full coverage restorations.
As the demand for esthetic dental services continues to grow, the introduction of stronger indirect ceramic restorations offers new minimal invasive options for both anterior and posterior full mouth rehabilitations.