Monolithic Zirconium Veneers
Monolithic zirconium dental veneer is a type of veneer that is made without the use of porcelain on top of zirconium. In this method, the design of zirconium is created, and the coloring process is done without the use of porcelain, resulting in a natural-looking veneer. In monolithic zirconium, a new method of coating is followed in blocks, resulting in a monolithic veneer.
Applications of Monolithic Zirconium
- In the treatment of fractures and abrasion problems in the front teeth.
- In dental treatments that require durable veneering procedures.
- In the dental veneers of people with limited time for treatment.
- In veneer treatments for individuals experiencing tooth damage due to teeth grinding.
- In the treatments of individuals experiencing difficulty in biting and advanced tooth sensitivity.
- In veneer treatments for individuals experiencing color loss and gum discoloration in addition to dental damage, monolithic zirconium veneer is used.
What Are The Differences Between Monolithic And Standard Zirconium Dental Veneers?
- Standard zirconium veneers are applied sequentially to teeth, while monolithic zirconium is applied as a solid piece or in blocks.
- The monolithic application process of monolithic zirconium results in higher durability compared to standard zirconium veneers.
- Monolithic zirconium does not involve the use of porcelain, whereas standard zirconium veneers incorporate porcelain.
- Monolithic zirconium provides higher light transmission and achieves more natural-looking veneer details compared to standard zirconium.
- In addition to these differences, monolithic zirconium eliminates the need for metal substructures and shaping with porcelain, allowing for a shorter treatment time for veneer procedures.
How is Monolithic Zirconium Dental Veneer Applied?
After identifying the damage on the teeth, they are shaped to be suitable for veneering. Measurements of the teeth are taken, and the dimensions are examined in a computer environment to design monolithic zirconium blocks that fit the tooth measurements.
The veneer model prepared using 3D printers is applied onto the zirconium blocks to create the veneer model. Monolithic zirconium dental veneers are then prepared as monolith pieces, in accordance with the measurements and as closely matching the natural color of the teeth. The monolithic zirconium veneers are then applied to the teeth that are ready.
Monolithic zirconium dental veneers provide high adaptation conditions and offer a durable coating in terms of mechanical resistance and a perfect biological fit within the oral cavity. By creating monolithic zirconium veneer models using CAM and CAD devices, the risk of errors in the veneering process is eliminated.
Why Should Monolithic Zirconium Dental Veneers be Preferred?
Monolithic zirconium veneers are applied as a single piece to tolerate the drawbacks of a two-layered system. Compared to the two-layered system, monolithic zirconium veneers have less distance, making them more advantageous. Additionally, monolithic zirconium dental veneers are used to prevent the visibility of any fractures. They are also a highly advantageous choice in terms of aesthetics.
Advantages of Monolithic Zirconium Dental Veneers
- It has an appearance that matches the color of natural teeth.
- It mimics the translucency of natural teeth.
- It can achieve a highly aesthetic look.
- Zirconium is a very durable material.
- It is resistant to wear and tear.
- It can withstand chewing and biting.
- It is advantageous for those who want to maintain a natural and youthful appearance.
- These veneers are not visible when the patient smiles since they do not contain any metal.
- It allows patients to smile more confidently and comfortably.
- In addition to being compatible with natural teeth, it does not have any allergic effects.
Disadvantages of Monolithic Zirconium Veneers
- Monolithic zirconium dental veneers are generally more costly compared to other treatment options.
- The laboratory stages during the process of applying monolithic zirconium veneers can be challenging.
- The laboratory process requires precision and attention to detail, leaving little room for errors.
Cost of Monolithic Zirconium Dental Veneers
The cost of monolithic zirconium dental veneers varies depending on the patient’s condition and the chosen treatment course. The use of highly durable materials and advanced technology in the application of monolithic zirconium veneers increases the cost of the treatment. However, considering its long lifespan and the advantages it offers, it is considered to have good value in terms of price and performance.