Sometimes called 'White Steel', Zirconia is a ceramic material used not only to create substructures for crowns and bridgework. The sub-structure is milled from a solid block and then baked at an extremely high temperature to achieve its size and strength; porcelain is then applied in the usual way.

This latest and very exciting development eliminates the need for porcelain, giving the patient the strongest restoration achievable using newly developed more translucent zirconia blocks.


The lithium dislicate ceramic of the IPS E-Max shows that aesthetics and strength can be successfully combined.
Its indication spectrum ranges from thin veneers (0.3mm) and minimal invasive inlays and onlays to partial crowns, full crowns and three-unit bridges.

With all these metal free systems available, it is now possible to fabricate a combination of products. For example, single tooth restorations made with strong IPS E-Max CAD Ceramic and posterior bridges made with high strength zirconium oxide used together.
The result would be a consistent shade match and clinical behaviour (shine/wear) of all the components.


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