Verti prep. A case report

Tooth preparations for fixed prosthetic restorations can be accomplished using two different techniques: horizontal preparation, where the margin of the future restoration is defined, or vertical preparation, with or without a finishing line.
The Biologically Oriented Preparation Technique (BOPT) is a vertical preparation technique without a finishing line, aimed at creating a new anatomical crown with a redefined emergence profile.
In this case, we present a prosthetic technique for periodontally healthy teeth using vertical preparation, achieving high-quality clinical and aesthetic results in terms of soft tissue stability around the prosthesis in the short and long term.

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During the first appointment, a 30-year-old man presented seeking to improve the aesthetic of his smile. To perform a comprehensive facial analysis, we evaluated his resting position and his widest smile display.

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The patient presented with two metal-ceramic crowns on both central incisors, which had undergone previous root canal treatments due to trauma. We discussed various treatment options and ultimately decided to begin with endodontic retreatment to address the periapical lesion. Afterward, we opted to replace the crowns on both teeth to improve aesthetics. A vertical preparation technique was used to conceal the dark root discoloration on tooth 21. External bleaching was applied to enhance the color of the remaining teeth, followed by the placement of feldspathic veneers spanning from tooth 15 to 22.

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Close-up view for the analysis of the gingival margins and dark root discoloration.

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After removing the metal crown, we gently removed the metal post with a scaler to minimize mechanical stress on the tooth’s root.

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After placing a rubber dam, we performed the retreatment of both teeth 11 and 21 (performed by Dr. Frederico Morais). We then proceeded with the build-up using a glass-fiber post and composite.

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Styleitaliano and Intensiv collaborated to develop a set of burs, enabling us to conduct efficient and controlled vertical preparations.

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style italiano styleitaliano vertical preparation for crown

The aim of this tooth preparation technique is to eliminate the emergence profile of the tooth’s crown anatomy and the preexisting finishing line. This enables the creation of a finishing area, within which the crown margin can be displaced coronally or apically, depending on how the provisional restoration is conceived.

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This dental preparation protocol was designed to facilitate the formation of a blood clot within the gingival sulcus during tooth preparation. Subsequently, this blood clot is captured by the provisional crown, which will later define the gingival limit. The healing process relies on the proliferation of fibroblasts, which aids in the reinsertion and thickening of the gingival tissue. This newly formed tissue will then adapt to the new emergence profile created by the provisional restoration.

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Modifying the temporary crowns to achieve an ideal emergence profile.

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Lateral view showing healed keratinized gingiva around the prepared tooth (maxillary right central incisor).

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This is the mock-up placed in our patient’s mouth. We utilized Protemp 4 in color A1 for this procedure. During this appointment, it’s important to evaluate the patient’s expectations and obtain his approval regarding the new shape of their teeth.

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The first set of burs will determine the thickness of the veneers. Depending on the volume of the wax-up and the level of tissue preservation required, we select the most suitable burs for each case.

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Using a pencil, we marked the grooves created by the initial burs. This technique allows us to precisely control the depth of the preparation.

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Teeth prepared without finishing lines. Color selection.

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The optimal choice of ceramics for a BOPT technique is zirconia crowns, as it is extremely challenging to condition the tooth so deep in the sulcus for adhesion.

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We prepared for cementation of the feldspathic veneers by etching them with 10% Hydrofluoric acid for 60 seconds, followed by cleaning them with alcohol and orthophosphoric acid. Subsequently, we applied silane and heated it for 1 minute. On the tooth, we performed standard conditioning for dental adhesion and then applied Variolink Neutral LC for cementation.

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Final outcome.

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Final outcome.

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Emergence profile of definitive prosthetic crowns.

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Before and after cementation.


The BOPT technique, when compared to other preparation techniques such as chamfer or shoulder, is simpler and faster. The most crucial aspect of this technique is understanding how to fabricate the temporary crowns, as relining and creating the crown’s profiles will ultimately define the final prosthetic restoration.


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Indirect digital overlay

From digital workflows to precise hand skills, ensuring long-lasting results is the ultimate goal for a good adhesive restoration.