Why Porcelain Breaks

What you will learn

In this session, the participant will learn to identify some common ways porcelain fractures within a dental practice. Special emphasis will be placed on both occlusal and non-occlusal factors that can contribute to this problem. Strategies will be discussed on how to implement various techniques to prevent this problem from happening.

Meeting Goals/Objectives

  • To have an open discussion about how and why things fail in our dental practices.
  • To discuss the things that we can control within our practices to increase the predictability of what we are doing.
  • To be able to clearly recognize the occlusal factors that contribute to porcelain fracture, and know how to use interdisciplinary methods to increase occlusal stability.
  • To be able to recognize the non-occlusal factors that can contribute to porcelain fracture, and create strategies for prevention.

Meeting Schedule

1. Open session by breaking into groups of 3 or 4 and answer the following questions:
a) As a group come up with 5 ways a patient can put excessive load on porcelain restorations that may lead to fracture.
b) What are some of the other things, that we as dentists do, that can lead to fractured porcelain?
c) Are there other ways porcelain can break? Are their strategies we can employ to prevent this from happening?
d) Discuss your current office policy, on how you handle something that breaks. Do you redo it at no charge forever? Do you stand behind it 5, 10 or 15 years?
e) As a group define restricted envelope of function. Then list a couple of different ways to fix a restricted envelope of function, while maintaining occlusal stability.

Discussion Points/Questions

  • Discuss the “pearls” learned in this session
  • Discuss any additional ways that you have seen porcelain fracture that were not covered in the video.
  • Take ten minutes and have each participant make a list of some things they are going to start doing after this session, as well as some things they are going to stop doing.
  • Have those participants who are going to make some changes share their answers with the group.

CE Codes Breakdown

  • CE Credits Awarded: 2
  • COURSE SUBJECT CODES & HOURS: #250 (0.5L, 0.5P), #730 (0.5L, 0.5P)
    (L) Lecture
    (P) Participation/Discussion/Hands-On