Zirconium In Dental Restorations
- Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) is the material of choice for dental restorations.
- The material is strong, biocompatible, free of corrosion and long lasting, the edges do not darken and it conducts heat in a similar way to natural teeth.
- The dense, smooth surface is conducive to a hygienic and clean situation inside the mouth.
- It does not contain metal nor color metal: the frame itself is already white or tooth colored
- The covering porcelain provides perfect aesthetic effect on a tooth colored frame
- Does not let light through, so it is perfectly suitable for covering grey teeth
- This is the only metal-free type of crown that is suitable not only for crowns, but also for preparing longer bridges to replace several gaps.
Some of our most demanded lab services are: porcelain-zirconium crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns, and/or full porcelain crowns, dental bridges, temporary crowns, inlays and porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Zirconium vs Porcelain Fused To Metal Crowns
Both porcelain fused to metal and zirconium crowns are strong enough to be used anywhere in the mouth (both front and molar region).
Zirconium has a long-standing reputation for quality, durability and beauty in dental ceramics. The technology of this product is extremely advanced. When preparing, we take a precision sample and with computer technology we make a virtual base. As it has a precise technology, the cement line, which is the weak link in any ceramic system, is extremely thin, making for a very long lasting restoration. In the case of regular porcelain fused to metal crowns, we need more tooth tissue to be prepared.
The zirconium work needs no metal framework, it is biocompatible eliminating the risk of an allergic reaction which is always a risk in the case of porcelain fused to metal crowns.
And finally, the zirconium based dental work has excellent translucency, imitating the natural beauty of teeth. The porcelain fused to metal crowns are not quite as natural looking, and it can happen after years of use that a thin gray margin appears by the gumline of the crown.
**Porcelain-zirconium crowns and/or fix bridges may not work in 100% of the cases. However, it can be determined during the oral evaluation**