What is Zirconia?
Zirconia is a relatively new dental restorative material and biomaterial used for indirect dental restorative treatments. This material is a strong type of ceramic–stronger than porcelain and often compared to titanium. Due to its strength, zirconia has been nicknamed, “ceramic steel.” Not only is the material known for its toughness, strength, and fracture resistance, its biocompatibility combines to create an aesthetic restoration too. Unlike other forms of all-ceramic dental restorations, zirconia-based corrections result in less wear and tear in addition to natural-looking teeth. As popular and durable as titanium is, zirconia is an ideal alternative for those with metal allergies.
A 2021 study by the American Dental Association (ADA) focused on the use of zirconia in dentistry and revealed that 99 percent of participants used the material for natural restorations. 277 dentists were studied over a two-week period to determine how the crystalline mineral is most often used in dental practices. One of the report’s co-authors, Nathaniel Lawson, D.M.D., Ph.D., stated they chose to focus on zirconia because of its ever-growing prevalence in dentistry.
The preferred types of Zirconia for dentists are framework and full–contour. Both types are strong competitors to porcelain-metal and full-metal blends. For multi-unit bridges, framework zirconia is ideal for both anterior and posterior teeth. However, full-contour zirconia is preferred for monolithic corrections.
For dental purposes and restorations, zirconia is manufactured using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology.
Zirconia is more so a permanent material.What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration treatment in dentistry that covers tooth discoloration, fractures, severe decay, and more. Sometimes referred to as, “caps,” dental crowns function to protect, cover, and correct the natural tooth shape when fillings do not solve the problem. The process consists of the cap being fitted over the visible portion of the affected tooth and then cemented onto the tooth.
In terms of temporary restorations, it is a temporary filling of a prepared tooth until the permanent restoration is done. These restorations are done typically in composite, resins or PMMA (plastic related) materials. Zirconia, on the other hand, is more so a permanent material.
There are many materials available for this type of permanent procedure, including metal, resin, porcelain, and ceramics. As mentioned previously, zirconia is the ceramic of choice and is growing in popularity among all the available materials because of its optimum properties.
Zirconia is ideal for posterior crowns because the back teeth require more strength for grinding and chewing food compared to anterior teeth. Posterior dental crowns handle a lot of damage and run the risk of fractures, which is why a strong alloy like zirconia is highly desired.
Reasons to Get a Zirconia Crown
While getting a zirconia crown will not heal the natural tooth, it can prevent further damage brought on by decay, aging, or injuries. On an aesthetic note, zirconia crowns can also conceal and improve undesired appearances. Common restorations involving zirconia crowns include preventing fractures on weak teeth; restoring broken or worn teeth; covering large root canals, implants, or fillings; concealing discolored or misshaped teeth; and improving your smile and bite.
Compared to porcelain, zirconia crowns cause less damage to adjacent teeth. Porcelain crowns tend to rub and wear down adjoining teeth and have an increased likelihood of causing enamel erosion.
About ArgenZ Esthetic Milled Zirconia
The Dental Lab is partnered with the Argen Corporation, a renowned leader in dental zirconia manufacturing. Together, we supply ArgenZ Esthetic Milled Zirconia to provide strength and beauty for our clients and their patients. Argen’s milled zirconia has the durability needed for full-contour crowns, bridges, and more while being highly translucent to allow the natural tooth shade to shine through. With this product, the natural gradient of dentin and enamel is visible without to need for bulky layers, resulting in a highly aesthetic, life-like smile.
How Can The Dental Lab Help?
At The Dental Lab, “Consistently making smiles,” is not just a marketing tagline, but the foundation from which is led as a company. Our certified dental technicians have over 35 years of experience and use the latest technology to create quality restorations that install confidence in every patient., helping you deliver patient satisfaction every time. If you’d like to learn more about The Dental Lab's ArgenZ aesthetic milled zirconia services and products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our skilled technicians have in-depth knowledge of Zirconia and other dental materials and are always willing to chat.
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