Zirconia: Helpful Information for Dentists
Why is cosmetic dentistry a successful field? Simply because everyone wants to have a beautiful smile, don’t you agree? One of the most sought-after innovations in the dental industry is Zirconia.
What is Zirconia?
Discovered in 1789 by a German chemist, M.H. Klaproth, Zirconium (ZrSiO4) belongs to the mineral group of silicates. Zirconium dioxide (zirconia ZrO2) is a natural compound of zirconium and it has been used in the dental industry for more than 15 years. It is classified as a metal and a member of the titanium family. It is produced in a chemical process with the use of additives and it also mined around the world. The University of Zurich has recorded positive long-term studies involving 12 years of Zirconia research.
Where is Zirconia used?
In terms of the industrial industry, Zirconia has been used for more than 40 years. It is known for its durability and for being 100% biocompatible. For these reasons, it has been increasingly used in surgery for hip-, finger-, and ear-prostheses. Applications for dentistry are found in Zirconia crowns, pins, bridges, and implants. Zirconia’s natural white base enables individual colouring in prescribed dentin shades. In addition, its biotechnical characteristics result in high-quality implants, bridges, and crowns with excellent aesthetic appearance and biocompatibility.
As a material, most generic Zirconia is not as translucent as porcelain crowns, so patients might not like its appearance. However, our Z-max full zirconia crowns combine the strength of zirconia and the esthetic translucency of lithium disilicate in One Restoration. http://backerdentallab.com/product/z-max-full-zirconia/
Here at Backer Dental Lab, we produce high-quality Zirconia products that will certainly help you treat your patients better. Visit our website today for more information!