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Zirconium Dental Veneers

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Zirconium Veneers Highlights

Zirconium dental veneers are one of the aesthetic treatment solutions that have gained popularity in dentistry in recent years. Based on the element zirconia, it has a color in white and silver tones. Teeth can be covered in a healthy and aesthetic way with materials obtained from the element zirconium with an atomic number of 40. Due to its superior similarity to the natural tooth structure, zirconium has started to be used in dental veneer treatments.

There are many treatment methods available in dentistry. While some dental treatment techniques are used to relieve pain or sensitivity, the goal of some treatments is to provide functional and aesthetic improvement. Dental veneers both restore the lost function and look aesthetically pleasing. In summary, the purpose of dental veneers is to correct discoloration and deformities in teeth. Many different materials can be used for dental veneers. Currently, the most commonly used coating materials by dentists are metal, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia and composite structures.

The basic raw material of zirconia veneer teeth or zirconia veneer treatments is zirconium. Zirconium veneers can very well mimic the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Choosing zirconium in dental veneer treatments depends on a few important features that it has by nature. The light reflection and light transmittance values ​​of zirconium are very close to the natural tooth structure. Zircon materials are resistant to stresses caused by chewing forces and are not affected by mouth temperature. At the same time, zirconium is completely harmless to oral and body health as a biocompatible material. For these reasons, zirconium dental veneers are increasingly used today.

It is important to obtain a natural and satisfactory result that will meet aesthetic expectations in dental veneer treatments. Zirconium dental veneers are frequently preferred due to their strong physical properties and aesthetic appearance. So, what are the advantages that make Zircon dental veneers the reason for preference? 

  • Thanks to its transparent structure, it transmits light and provides an aesthetic appearance.
  • Can be produced in a wide variety of colors and tones
  • Undesirable discolorations on the supported tooth or implant can be completely camouflaged.
  • It is easily used in metal allergies (Nickel allergy, etc.)
  • Harmless to human health, biologically compatible
  • Finishing can be achieved by obtaining a perfect and shiny surface.
  • It can be worked in a much thinner structure than traditional metal-based porcelain coatings. In this way, it does not require removing more material from the tooth surface.
  • Provides aesthetic treatment solutions in cases where orthodontic treatment cannot be applied with braces or transparent plaques (crooked teeth, split teeth, crooked teeth, etc.).
  • Provides successful results in dental bridge treatments if implant treatments cannot be applied in case of missing teeth.

Zirconium Veneers Application Areas

Zirconium dental veneers can be used to repair structural deterioration caused by tooth loss or tooth decay. Thanks to zirconium crowns, aesthetic expectations such as color or size mismatch in teeth can be easily met. For which situations can Zirconium veneers be used?

  • In cases where worn old tooth coatings will be renewed for a more aesthetic result
  • In cases where tooth enamel is missing or damaged
  • Permanent tooth discoloration or physical disorders of enamel
  • In the presence of old, large and worn fillings
  • Crowded teeth that are not suitable for orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners
  • In dental veneer or dental bridge treatments to be applied on molars
  • In teeth with large volume of substance loss and worn teeth
  • Fixed tooth coatings to be made on implants 

As written above, zirconium dental veneers have many different uses. Although it tries to be explained with detailed information, the most appropriate treatment plan can only be created after the physician's clinical examination. There are various treatment methods such as Emax, IPS Empress, Laminate Veneer (leaf porcelain) and bonding as alternatives to zirconium veneers.

What is the Zirconium Veneer Treatment Process?

The treatment process, which will be the answer to the most curious questions of those who have or want to have zirconium tooth coating, proceeds as follows:

  1. Detailed intraoral examination and x-ray examination
  2. In the presence of tooth decay, root canal treatment or dental calculus, these treatments are performed first.
  3. A minimum level of abrasion is made on the teeth to be covered with zirconia to create a space to surround the teeth.
  4. Measurements are taken with digital or traditional silicone materials
  5. Temporary veneers are applied to protect the teeth until the zirconia veneers arrive.
  6. In an average of 1 week, zirconium veeners are ready to be applied.
  7. Temporary dental veneers are removed and zirconium veneers are attached to the teeth with strong adhesives.
  8. Polish is applied if necessary with final corrections and zirconium crowns are ready to use.

Frequently Asked Questions About Zirconium Dental Veneers

In dental veneer treatments, some cutting is done on the teeth so that the veneer materials can be placed at a right angle to the tooth and have strong walls that surround the tooth. The amount of cut required for zirconium crowns varies depending on the tooth form and position. In general, the amount of abrasion required for zirconia veneers is less than for metal-supported porcelain veneers. For example, the need for abrasion is much less in laminate veneer (leaf porcelain) treatments. In summary, the amount of cut from the teeth is directly related to the treatment target and the material to be used.

Bad breath, dry mouth or bad odor complaints are not directly related to zirconium dental crowns. These undesirable situations occur only in case of poor oral hygiene. Inadequate brushing and lack of oral care practices can cause tartar accumulation and gum diseases over time. The accumulation of tartar will indirectly affect the zirconium dental crowns and this will cause more food residues or bacteria accumulation around the teeth. Zirconium teeth do not cause bad breath in individuals who regularly brush, floss and use an interdental brush.

Zirconium teeth show a smooth, strong and shiny surface feature due to the material. Even if food residues and bacteria adhere to the surface, they can be easily removed during the first brushing. This is also true for cigarettes, tea, sugary foods and coffee, which are the most common causes of tooth discoloration. Thanks to its powerful properties, the fact that it is not colored should not mean giving up brushing. Oral hygiene and dental health are not just about coloration. 

The most important feature of zirconium coatings, which is the reason for preference, is that they are resistant to coloration and show high biocompatibility against oral tissues. The most critical condition to ensure the long-lasting use of this successful material is to provide complete oral hygiene. It is important to perform detailed care with a toothbrush, dental floss and interdental brush at least 2 times a day. The detail that should not be forgotten is to go to a regular dentist check every 6 months, as every healthy individual should do, and to have teeth cleaning if necessary. If necessary, teeth polishing and teeth whitening can be applied in these sessions.

It is impossible to estimate a specific lifetime for dental veneers and any dental treatment. Individuals who pay great attention to oral hygiene and have regular dental check-ups every 6 months can use it for many years without any problems. Even though zirconium crowns are very durable materials, problems such as gum recession, bone resorption and gum disease may occur after 2-3 years in individuals who do not pay attention to oral care. These adverse conditions may indirectly affect the teeth with zirconium veneer and cause the loss of teeth and veneers.

Zirconium veneers are one of the most durable and aesthetic fixed dental veneers to be made on implants. Zirconium crowns prevent the gray reflections of the implant material and create a healthy finish line by showing high adaptation to the gingiva. With a detailed technical study and quality zirconium materials, it is possible to obtain results that are difficult to distinguish from natural teeth.

After the teeth are ready for zirconia veneer, aesthetic zirconium teeth can be inserted within 7-10 days. In this process, temporary veneers are used to protect the teeth and prevent sensitivities. Although not a substitute for permanent teeth, temporary veneers are valuable as they camouflage the appearance of missing teeth.

Zircon veneer dental treatments applied in private oral and dental health centers cannot be paid by the insurance.

Ventilation of the veneer indicates gum recession or gum disease. Tartars caused by insufficient brushing, not using an interdental brush or floss cause these symptoms. These sensitivity complaints can be prevented with better oral hygiene and professional teeth cleaning. In advanced cases, the coating may need to be changed or, in the worst case, tooth extraction.

Tooth wobble is seen as the result of a long-term gum disease. Gum disease occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene and inadequate care. Over time, the infection spreads to the bone, causing the loss of the supporting tissue surrounding the tooth. Shaking the veneer tooth will one day result in tooth extraction. However, with deep tooth cleaning applications, the progression of the existing gum disease can be stopped and the lifespan can be extended.

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