Guide to Materials & Strengths of Zirconia Dental Restorations

April 26, 2023

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Dylan Schubert | Blog Author at Pro-Craft

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Dylan Schubert

Zirconia has revolutionized the dental industry with its versatility and robustness. It is renowned for its strength, making it a material of choice for dental restorations. Moreover, zirconia is available in different strengths and qualities that cater to varying dental needs. In this article & video below, we delve into the intricacies of zirconia as a dental material, focusing on the strength of zirconia, zirconia crown strength, zirconia material types, and more.

What is Zirconia?

Zirconia, or zirconium dioxide, is a white crystalline oxide used extensively in the dental realm due to its exceptional properties. It has a remarkable strength compared to other crown materials, which is why zirconia crowns are highly sought after. In addition, zirconia dental material mimics the translucency of natural teeth, making it an excellent choice for aesthetic dental restorations.

Types of Zirconia Material for Dental Restorations

In PRO-Craft Dental Laboratory, we understand the importance of aesthetics coupled with strength. Below, we discuss three different zirconia materials, each catering to specific needs and applications.

1. ALL-Z

ALL-Z is a monolithic zirconia material, distinguished by its unique tinting process. At PRO-Craft, we employ a proprietary system to incorporate color into the crown, resulting in a more translucent and natural-looking restoration. Furthermore, the strength of zirconia used in ALL-Z makes it an excellent option for both anterior and posterior teeth.

2. ALL-Z Plus

For those looking for multi-layered zirconia crown material, ALL-Z Plus is the answer. This material brings aesthetics to the forefront, especially in the incisal third of anterior teeth. ALL-Z Plus is adept at mimicking natural teeth, with incisal characteristics such as mammelons and translucent edges.

3. PRO-Z

When you need the ultimate combination of aesthetics and strength, PRO-Z is the go-to zirconia material. As a fully layered system, PRO-Z employs micro-layering technology, rendering it the highest in aesthetics among zirconia dental materials. Moreover, PRO-Z’s zirconia crown strength is unmatched, making it suitable for long-span restorations.

Zirconia Crown Strength and Applications

The strength of zirconia is one of its standout features. Zirconia crowns can withstand immense pressure, making them suitable for restoring molars that endure much of the chewing force. In addition, the aesthetic properties of zirconia make it ideal for front teeth restorations, where appearance is paramount.

Moreover, zirconia’s adaptability allows for modifications to meet specific patient needs. For instance, high translucent zirconia is excellent for anterior crowns, while high-strength zirconia is ideal for posterior crowns and bridges.

Monolithic vs. Layered Zirconia Restorations

It’s important to highlight the distinctions between monolithic and layered zirconia restorations. Monolithic zirconia restorations, like our ALL-Z product, are crafted from a single block of zirconia, making them highly durable and less prone to chipping. This makes them an excellent choice when prioritizing the strength of zirconia, especially for posterior teeth that require high durability.

On the other hand, layered zirconia restorations, such as our ALL-Z Plus and PRO-Z products, involve layers of zirconia material. This enables more detailed customization and mimicking of natural tooth aesthetics. Layered zirconia restorations are particularly well-suited for anterior teeth where appearance is of utmost importance.

By understanding the strengths and capabilities of monolithic and layered zirconia materials, dental professionals can make more informed decisions in achieving the best balance between strength and aesthetics.

Taking The Next Step Toward Premium Dental Restorations

Zirconia dental material has set a new benchmark in dental restorations with its impeccable strength and aesthetic qualities. Whether you’re considering zirconia crowns for their strength or their natural appearance, PRO-Craft Dental Laboratory has the expertise and materials to meet your requirements. If you need more information on Zirconia crown preparation check out our blog here

Reach out to us online or call us at 877-4-THE-LAB (484-3522) to discuss your aesthetic and strength needs for dental restorations. We’ll also send you a free starter kit to get you started.

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