Zirconium Teeth

What is Zirconium?

Zirconium is a metal in group d of the periodic table, which appears white under normal conditions. Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the main mineral from which zirconium is obtained; USA, Australia, Russia, Brazil, India are the countries with these mineral deposits. Zirconium has been used in the medical sector for about 60 years. Zirconium, which is primarily used in hip prostheses in the orthopedics branch, has started to be used in the dental sector over time.

What is Zirconium Tooth?

Zirconium, which is an aesthetic, robust, biologically compatible and reliable material, is used in dentistry as a coating material (crown, bridge), implant, post or pivo. Zirconium is used as a dental coating material with two methods. The first of these is layered technique and the other is monolithic zirconium applications.

What is Layering Technique? What is Monolithic Zirconium?

When zirconium is used as a substructure material and a porcelain layer is applied on it, this method is called layering technique or layered technique. The method consisting only of zirconium and without a porcelain layer is called monolithic zirconium. In monolithic zirconium, the tooth consists entirely of zirconium elements.
What are the Differences and Advantages of Zirconium Teeth Compared to Classic Metal-Substructured Veneers?
  • Light transmittance is the main factor that determines the aesthetic perception in teeth. The higher the light transmittance, the more aesthetic the crown will be. In teeth with classical metal substructure, the substructure material is silver in color. The substructure is covered with various opaque materials to hide the silver color and connect the porcelain to the metal substructure. For this reason, the aesthetic appearance is weaker. In zirconium teeth, on the other hand, there is no opaque coating, and since zirconium itself is a white and translucent material, its light transmittance is high.
  • Another advantage of zirconium teeth is that they are more biologically compatible and anti-allergic. Zirconium teeth are recommended for people with allergic constitution.
  • In porcelains with classical metal substructure, black color formation can be observed in the gingival area over time or silver reflection caused by metal can be observed. In zirconium teeth, blackening of the gingiva does not occur and silver reflection does not occur in the gingival area.
  • Zirconium substructures are lighter than conventional metal substructures.

How is Zirconium Compatible with Gums?

Zirconium teeth are compatible with the gums for reasons such as being antiallergic, being thin at the gingival level, not having the disadvantage of metal color reflection, and not causing bruising in the gums. In addition, in a case such as gingival recession that may occur later, zirconium teeth do not create an aesthetically negative appearance.

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Can Zirconium Teeth Be Applied in Allergic People?

Metal-supported crowns are not recommended for allergic individuals. Since zirconium teeth do not contain elements such as chromium, cobalt, beryllium, nickel, they are biologically compatible and are almost impossible to cause allergies.

How Are Zirconium Teeth Applied?

  • If the person who will have zirconium application has not had a preparation, that is, tooth cutting, in his teeth before, the teeth must be cut. It is necessary to cut between 0.5 mm and 1.5 mm from the teeth on average.
  • For people who want to replace their existing veneers with zirconium veneers, the old veneers are first removed. The existing preparation is reviewed, if there is a need, the cuts are corrected, if the existing cut is sufficient, the teeth are cleaned and the impression stage is started.
  • After tooth cutting (preparation), impressions are taken from the teeth. The impression can be taken with classical methods or digitally. The process is completed with rehearsal in the next sessions and the teeth are attached.

Is There Pain During Zirconium Teeth?

When zirconium veneers are made, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia during the preparation (cutting) session. Since the procedure is performed under anesthesia, no pain is felt. Temporary teeth are worn until the treatment is finished. Sensitivity control, hot and cold permeability are prevented with temporary teeth. In general, the process is completed without any problems.

How Are Tooth Colors and Tooth Forms Selected When Making Zirconium Teeth?

When zirconium teeth are made, if there will be a total change in color selection, the patient and the physician are free to choose the desired color. If a tooth is made in a certain area, the color selection must be made in harmony with the color of the natural teeth, otherwise an aesthetic appearance cannot be achieved. The forms of the teeth can be selected from sample cases and photographs in the first session, and if our patient has the desired form, new teeth can be prepared under the guidance of samples. The zirconiums prepared in the rehearsal sessions are tested, and if the whole process is going in line with the wishes of the patient and the physician, the finishing phase is started. The patient is free to change his/her mind, form, color and structure during the rehearsal phase. All changes with medical suitability can be made before the finishing session.

How Many Days Do Zirconium Teeth Take?

Zirconium teeth are attached between 2-6 days on average. The patient’s medical requirements, individual requests, the physician’s appointment availability, the number of teeth to be made, the duration of stay in the country in our dental tourism patients affect the treatment process.

How to Care for Zirconium Teeth?

Zirconium crowns should be brushed like normal toothbrushes, and their care is the same as the care of normal teeth. If zirconium bridge application is performed, it is necessary to use superfloss or interface brush under the body.

Does Zirconium Cause Bad Taste or Bad Odor in the Mouth?

Zirconium teeth definitely do not create a bad taste in the mouth and do not cause bad odor in the mouth.

Do zirconium teeth change color over time?

The color of zirconium teeth does not change over time and remains the same as the first day it was made.

Can factors such as tea, coffee, smoking change the color of zirconium?

Zirconium, which has a bright, smooth and polished structure, is very resistant to discoloration and staining. If the patient brushes his teeth regularly, factors such as tea, coffee and cigarettes do not cause discoloration in zirconium.

What is the lifespan of zirconium teeth?

Zirconium veneers are long-lasting, the lifespan of zirconium is directly proportional to the oral care of the patients and the health status of the support teeth. Although it varies from person to person, this period varies approximately between 7 and 15 years.

What is the Price of Zirconium Teeth?

Our professional association, the Turkish Dental Association, determines the prices of average dental treatments with the guide tariff published every year. You can visit www.tdb.org.tr for the guide tariff. Please contact us to learn the prices of our clinic for your treatment needs.

What are the disadvantages of zirconium teeth?

Zirconium teeth are more expensive than metal-supported teeth.

Can zirconium application be performed on individuals with gum disease?

No coating or prosthesis procedure can be performed on a person with active gum disease. First of all, gum treatment should be performed. Zirconium veneers can be applied to people whose gum treatment is under control. Zirconium teeth can be made for people who have had gum problems but are currently under control.

Are those who have zirconium teeth satisfied?

Patients are satisfied with the treatments accompanied by a correct diagnosis and a good examination. When the needs of the patient are determined by the physicians and the treatment is done according to the needs, satisfaction is at a high level.

Will it damage the tooth if zirconium teeth are replaced?

If zirconium veneers are cut and removed, it does not damage your own tooth underneath. If zirconium veneers are tried to be removed by hitting directly without cutting at all, there is a possibility that your own tooth in the veneer may break. As Dentistinan family, it is our priority to cut the existing prostheses instead of removing them by hitting. In addition, zirconium teeth are easier to remove than metal-supported teeth.

Who can have zirconium applications?

People who need bridge treatment, who need a single tooth crown, who need a single tooth crown can prefer zirconium crowns. People who want an aesthetic appearance as a coating material on the implant, who have excessive decay, defects, destruction, excessive wear on their teeth can have zirconium coatings.

People who do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment, who want the crowding to be solved as soon as possible, who do not want to have an implant in tooth loss or who cannot achieve the appearance they dream of with whitening treatment can have zirconium veneers.

After root canal treatment, zirconium teeth can be made to prevent the treated tooth from breaking, to increase the aesthetic appearance, and to close the gaps between the teeth.

Treatment in dentistry is individualized. Please contact us so that our specialist dentists can decide which treatment you need and what treatment is suitable for you.


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