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Zirconium & Porcelain Veneer

In recent years, aesthetic expectations that similar to natural teeth have increased. So that the material used in the mouth especially in the anterior regions has high importance in aesthetic sense.  Metal supported porcelains, which have been used for many years, tended to lose their natural appearance due to the lack of light transmission in their systems. At the same time, new alternatives have been sought since they cause allergic problems and graying in the gingiva over time.

Zirconium has started to be used in dentistry with its tissue-friendly feature. With the use of zirconium in dentistry, durability that is close to the metal infrastructure has been achieved. The fact that it does not reflect the light like other materials makes the zirconium more usable than other substances. At the same time, this feature prevents discoloration on the gingiva. Lastly, its use has increased due to its resistance to corrosion.

What is the biggest advantage of zirconium crowns?

The most important advantage of zirconium porcelain is its aesthetics. With the light transmittance features, a full harmony with natural teeth can be achieved. In this way, an excellent aesthetic result can be obtained.

Is it similar to natural teeth?

Since there is no metal reflection underneath, the artificial image seen in porcelain with metal infrastructure does not occur.

What are the advantages of zirconium for the patient and the dentist?

Since the aesthetic appearance and the light transmittance of the teeth is high, the appearance of zirconium crowns is like a natural tooth. Remarkably, the porcelain blocks to be used are prepared with completely digital techniques, the margin of error is minimized.

Is zirconium expensive?

The cost of the zirconium crown is initially more expensive than the metal-based porcelains. However, with its tissue compatibility, durability and aesthetic superiority, it is cheaper than metal-based porcelain in the long term.

Prices vary a lot, is there any cheap zircon?

Yes, cheap blocks of Chinese origin have arrived in recent years and affordable zirconia veneers have been introduced to the market. Their compatibility, aesthetics, quality and lifespan are low. For this reason, prices may vary. In addition, criteria such as the expertise of the dentist in this field and the quality of sterilization materials in the treatment process are also factors that affect the pricing. Going cheap can cost you more.

Can zirconium be used in porcelain on implants?

In addition to crown bridge works, zirconium can be used in implant prostheses. The top of the zirconium material is covered with porcelain and ceramic. We should say that there have been successful results in terms of aesthetics in the past and today. The most important part is that its tissue friendly feature. It is highly resistant to chewing pressure. Also, it has the same color as tooth so that it does not reflect gray from the gingiva.

Can zirconium be used by those with metal allergies?

Zirconium coatings do not contain metal, so they do not cause metal allergies.

Is it healthier than metal-based porcelain?

It is more advantageous in terms of general body health compared to metal supported prostheses. Since it is a 99% tissue-friendly material, it is not allergic.

Does it cause a taste change in the mouth?

Since it does not contain metal, it does not cause any taste change or odor.

Does it cause bad breath?

Among all substances, Zirconium coatings has most similar appearance to the natural tooth. With the features like gingival compatibility and full adaptation to the tooth, it does not create any odor.

Will zirconium coated teeth turn yellow in the future?

It does not cause plaque accumulation due to its polished and smooth surface. For this reason, it is not affected by colorants such as coffee, tea, cigarettes. So that, its color remains constant.

Does it reflect from under the coating on dark teeth?

Excellent aesthetic results can be achieved even on very dark colored teeth, as it has the ability to mask the color of the teeth coming from below.

How should I care for my zirconium crowns?

You can clean your mouth the same way you brush your natural teeth. Dental floss is used between the teeth and ‘superfloss’ is used for toothless areas under the bridge. Regular visits to physicians every 6 months help prevent potential problems.

Does the Zirconium coatings rot underneath? How long can I use it?

Since they are produced with a very sensitive work, they are perfectly compatible with the cut tooth surface. In this way, since there is no gap between the zirconium porcelain and the tooth where bacteria can leak, it does not allow the formation of caries. The duration of use varies depending on the person and the conditions of use, but it is longer lasting than metal-based prostheses. You can use it for many years when regular checks are made.

Will it damage my tooth when it is removed or changed?

You will not feel any discomfort as the zirconium veneers are cut and removed. It does not cause tissue loss in teeth.

Do you need a special adhesive in this treatment?

Traditionally applied bonding technique is used. There is no special bonding technique.

Is temporary bonding possible?

Yes, temporary bonding is possible.

How are zirconium veneers applied? –oku

The tooth is slightly reduced and when the gingiva becomes healthy, a precise measurement is taken with special materials which is suitable for the mouth. In the laboratory environment, the zirconium substructure and porcelain superstructure in a color suitable for the tooth are processed and adapted to the tooth. Finally, it is permanently adapted to the tooth with special adhesives. Now you can use it easily without distinguishing it from your own teeth.

How much substance will be lost in my teeth during the procedure?

Actually, the substance loss in this treatment is more than the porcelain lamina. However, it is the same as metal-backed porcelain veneers. A shave of 1-2 mm is made from your normal tooth surface.

Will I feel pain during the procedures?

Cutting operations are performed under local anesthesia, and then a temporary tooth-colored coating is applied to prevent stinging in hot and cold. A slight tingling is seen in very few of the patients, but in general, the process is completed without any problems.

Will there be pain in the future with cutted teeth? Is root canal treatment necessary?

Since they have very good heat insulation properties, they transmit less heat to the tooth than porcelain with metal base. In this way, hot/cold sensitivity does not occur in teeth with zirconium-based porcelain. In addition, since the temperature variability is less, pulpal damage occurs less and the need for root canal treatment is reduced.

Does heat/cold sensitivity will occur in my teeth?

Since they have very good heat insulation properties, they transmit less heat to the tooth than porcelain with metal base. In this way, hot/cold sensitivity does not occur in teeth with zirconium-based porcelain. In addition, since the temperature variability is less, pulpal damage occurs less and the need for root canal treatment is reduced.

Will I have an aesthetic problem during the treatment?

Temporary veneers, especially on front teeth, will be similar (in shape) to your permanent zirconium veneers. However, these coatings are made of acrylic and not resistant to force. Still, it will satisfy you enough in terms of color harmony and shape.

In how many days will these processes be completed?

In patients with uneventful gums, the procedure is completed within 7 days. Depending on the taste of the patients, a few rehearsals can be added until both the physician and the patient are satisfied.

Is there an age to apply zirconium?

After the eruption of permanent teeth, treatment can be performed at any age. However, in treatments up to the age of 16, the procedure may need to be renewed. Because gaps are observed as a result of jaw growth during the developmental period. Therefore, it is not recommended.

Is it brittle/fragile compared to porcelain and metal?

With their high resistance, they can also be used safely on the teeth in the posterior regions. In addition to its durability, it also has an elegant and aesthetic structure that transmits light.

It is as resistant as metal-based crowns and bridges. However, it is less fragile than porcelain. Compared to metal, the amount of stretching is less and the brittleness is higher. This allows porcelain to adapt better to zirconium and metal. As a result, it minimizes porcelain fractures.

Is it common for a zirconium crown to break or fall off?

Fracture and cracking may occur in reverse and excessive force, but this is almost the same as the probability of breaking a solid tooth. It can be repaired to a large extent in the clinical setting. If the tooth under the veneer starts to decay over time and loss of material occurs, it may fall out. In such cases, the tooth is treated if possible and the veneer is adhered again.

Are there any disadvantages of zirconium coating?

Long edentulous intervals are not recommended as the probability of fracture in the posterior regions will increase.

Is there any recession in the Gingiva?

It has been proven in different researches that zirconium is compatible with the gingiva. In the normal process, gingival recession occurs with age. However, since the prepared zirconium crowns are highly compatible with the gingiva, there is no expectations such as gingival recession and gingivitis.

Can it be applied to patients with gingiva disease?

In this case, gingiva disease is primarily eliminated. After healing, gingiva becomes very compatible with the zirconium in all respects. After cutting and bonding operations are performed successfully, results would be satisfying for our patients.

Will my zirconium crown teeth cause discoloration on the gingiva?

As we mentioned before, zirconium is a tissue-friendly material. Its compatibility with the gingiva is much better than classical metal-based porcelains. Coloring in the neck area of ​​the tooth, which is frequently seen in porcelain with metal infrastructure, is definitely not seen in zirconium. Now you can laugh comfortably.

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