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Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 8: BruxZir® Solid Zirconia

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

Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

To achieve esthetic and functional success in restorative dentistry, it is important not only to choose a restoration material appropriate to the case’s clinical indications, but also to understand the particular products and methods that, when used in conjunction, will attain the best fit, form and retention of the final prosthetic.

In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses a series of case examples originally exhibited on Chairside Live to discuss attributes of, and his preferred techniques for restorative success with, BruxZir® Solid Zirconia, the monolithic all-zirconia crown, bridge and full-arch prosthesis material from Glidewell Laboratories. Participants who view this presentation will acquire valuable information on topics related to BruxZir zirconia, including:

  • Reduction and other preparation requirements when prescribing a BruxZir restoration
  • Comparisons between BruxZir zirconia and alternative all-ceramic materials
  • The translucency of BruxZir zirconia, and its application in the anterior esthetic zone
  • BruxZir Solid Zirconia vs. PFM in posterior bridge applications
  • BruxZir zirconia’s “Rule of 27”
  • Using BruxZir zirconia as an overlay to a metal substructure
  • Adjusting the occlusion of BruxZir crowns and bridges
  • Products, processes and chemical mechanisms for long-term retention
  • Tools, burs and techniques for cutting through and removing BruxZir prostheses


BruxZir Solid Zirconia has become a valuable option for dentists seeking an esthetic material that does not sacrifice the strength of a final restoration. To achieve optimal fit, function and retention of BruxZir prostheses, a particular set of methods and substances should be understood and utilized by clinicians in order to attain the optimal level of restorative success that this revolutionary material affords.

In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses several case examples featured on episodes of Chairside Live to discuss the products and practices he prefers to employ when treating a case in which BruxZir zirconia has been prescribed as a restorative solution.

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.


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  2. Kobes KG, Vandewalle KS. Bond strength of resin cements to zirconia conditioned with primers. Gen Dent. 2013 Sep-Oct;61(6):73-6.
  3. Zhang Y, Lee JJ, Srikanth R, Lawn BR. Edge chipping and flexural resistance of monolithic ceramics. Dent Mater. 2013 Dec;29(12):1201-8.
  4. Komine F, Blatz MB, Matsumura H. Current status of zirconia-based fixed restorations. J Oral Sci. 2010 Dec;52(4):531-9.
  5. Ritter RG. Use of high translucency zirconia in the aesthetic zone. Dent Today. 2013 Sep;32(9):116, 118-9.
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