- What is a zirconium tooth?
It is a white alloy used instead of gray metal, which is the infrastructure of classical porcelain bridges and prostheses.
- Where are zirconium teeth used?
More for aesthetic purposes, in advanced discolorations that cannot be achieved with methods such as bleaching, in the treatment of hereditary structure discolorations, in discrete or less perplexed teeth such as diastema where orthodontic treatment is not preferred, in restorations of teeth with discolored and structured old fillings and excessive substance loss, posterior group It can be used as a bridge or veneer on teeth, in anterior group implant prostheses and in regulating smile aesthetics.
- What are the advantages of zirconium teeth in terms of aesthetics?
Thanks to its light transmittance feature, the image of natural teeth is fully captured. The enamel of healthy teeth transmits light completely. Metals, which are the substructures of classical porcelain veneers, create an opaque appearance on the teeth. This causes the teeth to look lifeless and artificial. This is prevented with zirconium.
- How is the compatibility of zirconium teeth with my gums?
It is a material compatible with the texture. Purplish discoloration never occurs on the gingiva in the neck area of the tooth, which is seen in metal-supported prostheses. It does not cause gum recession. If the gums are pulled due to reasons such as incorrect brushing, it does not create an aesthetically bad appearance.
- Can it be applied to those who are allergic to metal?
Since there is no metal in the content of zirconium coatings, it does not cause metal allergies.
- Will it cause a change in taste and odor in my mouth?
Since it does not contain metal, it does not cause any taste changes and does not cause odor.
- Do zirconium teeth change color in the future?
It does not cause plaque accumulation due to its smooth and slippery porcelain surface. For this reason, it is not affected by colorants such as coffee, tea and cigarettes. The color remains constant.
- How can I care for zirconium veneers?
Teeth are brushed like normal toothbrushes. Superfloss is used for floss and toothless areas. When physicians visit regularly every 6 months, possible problems are foreseen and precautions are taken.
- How long can I use zirconium veneers?
You can use it for many years when regular checks are made. An exact time cannot be given for how long. Teeth are living tissues and shape changes are observed due to wear and eruption over time. There is no change in zirconium coatings. It may be desirable to renew this form to adapt it to the changed mouth.
- Will removing it when it is wanted to be changed harm my tooth?
Since zirconium veneers are cut and removed, you will not feel any discomfort. It does not cause tissue loss in teeth.
- How are zirconium veneers applied?
The tooth is slightly reduced as in metal-supported veneers, and when the gingiva becomes healthy, a precise measurement is taken with special impression materials and spoons suitable for the mouth. In the laboratory environment, the zirconium substructure and porcelain superstructure in a suitable color for the tooth are processed and adapted to the tooth in the clinical environment. 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?
The substance loss is more than the porcelain lamina. It is the same as metal-backed porcelain veneers. A shaving 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 temperatures. A slight tingling is seen in very few of the patients, and the process is completed without any problems in general.
- Will I have an aesthetic problem during the treatment?
Temporary crowns, especially on the front teeth, will be similar in shape to your permanent zirconium crowns. These coatings, which are made of acrylic as a material, are not resistant to force, but will satisfy you enough in terms of color harmony and shape.
- How long does it take for this aesthetic dentistry practice to result in treatment?
In patients with uneventful gums, the procedure is completed within 1 week. According to the taste of the patients, a few rehearsals can be added until both the physician and the patient are satisfied.
- Is there any age for this aesthetic dentistry practice?
Zirconium veneers can be treated at any age after permanent teeth erupt. However, in treatments up to the age of 18-20, it should be renewed frequently, as gaps will be observed as a result of jaw growth during the developmental period. Therefore, it is not recommended.
- How durable is it compared to porcelain and metal?
With the methods applied in recent years, zirconium-based crowns and bridges are as durable as metal-based crowns and bridges. 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 coatings?
Long edentulous intervals are not recommended as the probability of fracture in the posterior regions will increase.
- Can zirconium teeth be applied to those with gum disease?
First of all, gum disease is eliminated. After the gum disease is treated, zirconium teeth can be applied.