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Int J Dent. 2016;2016:9840594. doi: 10.1155/2016/9840594. Epub 2016 Aug 18.

"Digitally Oriented Materials": Focus on Lithium Disilicate Ceramics.

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Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics, "Federico II" University of Naples, 80100 Naples, Italy.
Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy.
Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences, Dental School, University of Varese, 21100 Varese, Italy.


The present paper was aimed at reporting the state of the art about lithium disilicate ceramics. The physical, mechanical, and optical properties of this material were reviewed as well as the manufacturing processes, the results of in vitro and in vivo investigations related to survival and success rates over time, and hints for the clinical indications in the light of the latest literature data. Due to excellent optical properties, high mechanical resistance, restorative versatility, and different manufacturing techniques, lithium disilicate can be considered to date one of the most promising dental materials in Digital Dentistry.

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