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BruxZir®: Virtually Bulletproof (What Is It? Why Does It Work?)

BruxZir Solid Zirconia - CE Course
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Robin Carden, Glidewell Laboratories Senior Director of Research & Development

BruxZir® Solid Zirconia (Glidewell Laboratories), a full-contour zirconia crown or bridge with no porcelain overlay, is made from zirconium oxide powder. Its chemical composition makes BruxZir nearly bulletproof. In this material science overview, Glidewell Laboratories Senior Director of Research & Development Robin Carden discusses the unique properties that make partially stabilized zirconia ideal for dental restorations:

  • High flexural strength
  • High fracture toughness, or K1C value
  • Great resistance to thermal shock
  • Color and translucency

Summary

Scientific breakthroughs in nanotechnology are the building blocks for the development of BruxZir, which is indicated for bruxers and grinders as an esthetic alternative to posterior metal occlusal PFMs or cast-metal restorations.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


References

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  2. Sailer I, Gottnerb J, Kanelb S, Hammerle CH. Randomized controlled clinical trial of zirconia-ceramic and metal-ceramic posterior fixed dental prostheses: a 3-year follow-up. Int J Prosthodont. 2009 Nov-Dec;22(6):553-60.
  3. Lazar DR, Bottino MC, Ozcan M, Valandro LF, Amaral R, Ussui V, Bressiani AH. Y-TZP ceramic processing from coprecipitated powders: a comparative study with three commercial dental ceramics. Dent Mater. 2008 Dec;24(12):1676-85.
  4. Burgess J, Cakir D. Summary of the Enamel Wear Test at the University of Alabama: University of Alabama, Birmingham. January 2010.
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