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Latest Trends in Dental Ceramics for Crowns and Bridges

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendering of a dental bridge being placed over a missing tooth gap that is flanked by two shavedWhen getting crowns or bridges, the ceramics your prosthodontist uses can greatly impact aesthetics and longevity outcomes. Here, we discuss some of the hottest material innovations you may choose from that your dental restoration specialist has available.

Lithium Disilicate Remains a Top Choice for Crowns

Many dental pros still rely on lithium disilicate as an all-purpose crown and thin veneer material. With its unmatched strength, optical clarity nearly matching natural dentition, and seamless bonding potential, this glass ceramic sets the standards for longevity and lifelike translucency. Through advanced milling, staining, and glazing techniques, these modern lithium crowns achieve incredible realism.

Zirconia Offers a More Durable Bridge Option

Metal-free zirconia ceramics make the most durable material choice for multi-unit bridges. This high-performance ceramic boasts incredible stain, decay, and fracture resistance. With their customized shading and detailed structural framework design, full-zirconia bridges can closely mimic natural teeth while also proving longer lasting.

Mixing Materials for Strength and Aesthetics

Technical advances allow the combination of zirconia and lithium disilicate ceramics for increased bridge durability with maintained aesthetics. The prosthodontist may fuse a strong zirconia substructure to a cosmetically optimized lithium disilicate biting surface. This takes advantage of the strength of each material for a more resilient and natural-looking restoration.

PFM Bridges Still Offer Reliability

While metal-based porcelain fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges may seem dated, they should not be discounted. Meticulous alloy selection helps minimize visible darkness at the gum line. Plus, years of dental laboratory expertise in PFM design and fabrication make this bridge type a sound choice where high function takes priority over perfect aesthetics.

Discuss Your Unique Case

When planning crowns or bridges to replace your missing teeth, consult with our prosthodontics specialist on how current ceramics innovations may benefit your unique smile goals, chewing needs, and financial reality. Together, we can determine if the latest material tech trends align with what matters for your oral health and confidence. Schedule your consultation to learn more about your options today.

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