How Zirconia Is Changing Our Industry

  • November 4, 2019
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Zirconium dioxide, also known as zirconia, offers dental professionals the greatest restorative potential in terms of materials available on the market today. While you are probably familiar with its ability and applications as a tough, white, and monolithic restorative material, there’s another emerging application for zirconia in the dental field. Newer generation, highly translucent and polychromatic zirconia is all the rage nowadays. 


Over the past several years, zirconia crowns have become more and more prevalent and their use as a monolithic restorative solution has risen drastically. Although much more aesthetic than 1st or 2nd generation zirconia offerings, the monochromatic and shaded zirconia lacked a life-like quality that would allow it to be used in the aesthetic anterior region as a monolithic material. Traditionally, cases in the anterior region would use a lithium disilicate ceramic or zirconia frameworks veneered with porcelain. 


Lithium disilicate and veneered porcelain possess inherent weaknesses that require special considerations in the tooth preparation, design, and production of the restorations. Advances in research and development of materials science at pritidenta have allowed us to create a new generation 5Y cubic-type zirconia that equals layered porcelain and lithium disilicate in aesthetics while also offering the material robustness and flexibility of zirconia. At pritidenta, we are proud to offer our multi-color, monochrome discs, and blocks for unsurpassed strength and aesthetics. Let’s take a look at what makes our latest zirconia offering the perfect choice for improving your patients’ smiles.

Zirconia: Not Just for The Posterior Region Anymore

Officially known as (5Y-PSZ), our priti®multidisc ZrO2 multicolor zirconia is the latest material of choice for the most vibrant and highest aesthetic value restorations. You can use priti®multidisc ZrO2 multicolor High Translucent to fabricate inlays, onlays, veneers, partial crowns, anatomically reduced and monolithic, fully anatomical crowns and bridges of up to three pontics for anterior and posterior areas.


The translucency is comparable to that of lithium disilicate. Thanks to the high transparency and integrated color gradient, the material is particularly recommended for the manufacture of unveneered restorations. There are a number of properties that give our multidisc, multicolor zirconia the advantage over other restorative materials such as:


  • Zirconium dioxide Type II, Class 4 (DIN EN ISO 6872)
  • Flexural strength > 650 MPa 
  • High translucency of 49%
  • Veneering possible with any ceramic mapped to the CTE of ZrO2
  • Cross-batch color fidelity

Why 5Y Zirconia Crowns?

All the properties that make our 5Y zirconia unique also make it an ideal material for dental crowns in the anterior region. For instance, monolithic anterior zirconia crowns require less tooth preparation (0.4mm in the anterior), exhibit higher flexural strength, and are more easily machined when compared to milled feldspathic or lithium disilicate materials. 


Durability and resistance to chipping, cracking, and fractures are the other primary reasons why dentists and dental technicians all across the globe have been incorporating high translucent zirconia crowns into their choice as a restorative material. 

The Clear (Translucent) Choice

No two smiles are created equal. Each one has different characteristics that require varying levels of translucency, chroma, and value. To perfectly match any patient’s distinct needs, we offer a variety of shades, heights, and values in our high-quality priti®multidisc, including:


  • Bleach, A, B, C, & D Shades
  • 14mm, 18mm, 20mm, & 25mm
  • Light & Dark Shades (ie. A Light for A1, A2 & A3, A Dark for A3.5 & A4)


Our priti®multidisc ZrO2 multicolor High Translucent discs are industrially pre-stained with homogenous shading in mind as well as excellent cross-batch color fidelity to help you save time, money, and ensuring that the same color can be reproduced at any time. Our extremely high standards for quality control and consistency ensure that our High Translucent multicolor multidiscs are a perfect option for just about every high aesthetic restorative application.


For more information on our priti®multidisc ZrO2 multicolor High Translucent discs and how they can benefit you, contact us today!