Biology and Aesthetics – are all crowns equal?


Dr Ailbhe Mcdonald

Dr Ailbhe Mcdonald

Tuesday May 21st 2013

Lecture Summary:

Excellent aesthetics is what we aim to achieve for our patients. How do we balance aesthetic outcomes versus biologic cost? What evidence is there for choosing one type or design of restoration over another? During this lecture I will explore what decisions we are making currently and how we can optimise the long-term results for our patients.


Ailbhe McDonald is Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital and UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She was appointed as Academic Head of Prosthodontics in 2009.

Ailbhe gained fellowship at the RCS Edinburgh in 1989 and was awarded a Fellowship ad eundem from RCS England. Since completing her PhD on “Lasers Effects on Hard Tissues” in 1997 she has been actively involved in translational research and has published widely.

Dr McDonald is a Director of both the Master of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) and Master in Conservative Dentistry programmes. She lectures nationally and internationally. Her main areas of interest are dental ceramics, implants, the restorative of the endodontically-treated tooth and innovative techniques for minimal cavity preparation.

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