Today’s patients are requesting zirconia and porcelain crowns over metal-based crowns because both zirconia and porcelain restorations provide strength and lifelike esthetics. Since the introduction of milled zirconia restorations, patients have been increasingly requesting zirconia as an alternative to porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations. Many myths exist surrounding the use of zirconia in dental restorations. This article debunks the myths concerning zirconia to ensure that dentists and technicians understand the differences between the materials available for restorations.
If your patient suffers from tooth loss, they probably desire a restorative solution that will help them eat their favorite foods again and smile with confidence. In the past, the only option for replacing teeth was dentures. Patients would have to cement their dentures into their mouths using a temporary glue and then remove them at night, repeating the same tedious process over and over again. Not only was the installation and removal process tasking, but dentures often came loose, causing bits of food to get under them.
Excellent margins are essential for achieving a well-fitting restoration requiring minimal chair-side adjustments. It is crucial to ensure the margins are designed and prepped correctly, and afterward, it is best to polish your prep. Your choice of margin preparation depends on the type of crown selected for the patient. The types of margins and when to use them are outlined below.
Technology is helping dental and oral health clinicians provide faster, more accurate, and well-rounded treatment to their patients. The dental world is undergoing major changes thanks to advancements in new technology. When dental implants were invented by a Swedish medical researcher in 1952, the procedure was considered a modern-day miracle. Now, seven decades later we’re experiencing another massive breakthrough in the form of digitally guided implants. With the right tools, dentists can virtually diagnose and treat cases before ever touching the patient. This lessens the margin for unexpected errors and outcomes during surgery. Dentists can design and print surgical guides from their office or outsource it to a dental laboratory.
The number of Zirconia crowns fabricated annually now exceeds PFM crowns. With this trend likely to continue, it is crucial to know how best to place zirconia crowns. Often, the fit and appearance of a crown can be enhanced by making a few simple changes.
With the growing popularity of dental implants, can you afford to ignore this service and revenue source? Some of the misconceptions associated with dental implants might deter you from adding implant placement to your skillset. However, with advances in technology and changes in your patients’ mindsets, this might be a good time to re-examine how you think about implants.
Surgical guides allow doctors to plan an implant virtually and then accurately place an implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient manner. In addition to increased accuracy, patients will also save chair time.
The total edentulous population worldwide is approximately 6-10%. The demand for implant-supported prostheses is anticipated to expand considerably over the coming years for several reasons, including the aging baby boomer population.
Technology is helping dental and oral health clinicians provide more reassurance and well-rounded treatment to their patients. From record-keeping to operative procedures, advancements in methods and diagnostic tools are enabling a safer, more effective practice.