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MSc. Dt. Özgecan KÜÇÜKKURT

Prosthetic Dentistry Specialist

Zirconium Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers are divided into two; metal-supported and non-metal-supported. Silver-colored metal substructures are used under classical metal-supported porcelain tooth coatings to increase the fracture resistance and durability of the porcelain. While this strengthens the veneers, it negatively affects the aesthetics due to the silver-colored metal; the veneer prevents the teeth from looking natural and may cause black reflections, especially at the gingival levels.

Zirconium mineral, on the other hand, is a white-colored substance that is used in the manufacture of veneer teeth. This mineral is converted into zirconia ceramic by processing in furnaces with unique processes. As a result, while the light transmittance of zirconium dental crowns is almost the same as natural teeth, it offers a more natural aesthetic. At the same time, it does not create a dark color on the gums like metal-supported crowns and does not cause a dull appearance. Thus, a more aesthetic, transparent, and natural appearance is obtained.

Moreover, zirconium crowns are more compatible with the gums, and the probability of gum disease around teeth with zirconium crowns is lower than with metal-supported crowns. In addition, zirconium minimizes staining caused by smoking or other reasons, does not cause bad breath, and does not cause taste changes in the mouth. It is also an ideal dental treatment for patients with metal allergies.

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