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Strength Meets Esthetics: FCZ from NobelProcera

by: Vanessa Seeberger

Full-contour zirconia (FCZ) restorations are growing in popularity. Long-associated with high strength, advances in zirconia materials have led to substantial improvements in esthetics and efficiency. A perfect example is the high-translucency, multi-layered full-contour zirconia from the ever-growing NobelProcera portfolio.

Two partial high-translucency multilayered anterior bridges.

Two partial high-translucency multilayered anterior bridges. Here, a partial cutback and ceramic layering have been used to achieve the desired esthetic result.

With NobelProcera’s multi­layered full­-contour restorations, esthetics and efficiency have been considered at every step. At the start of the process, powerful CAD tools in NobelDesign software (and soon in the DTX Studio platform, which is currently under FDA 510(k) review) make it straightforward to design an esthetic restoration. At the production stage, the restorations are created with the consistent quality and precision of fit that NobelProcera CAD/CAM production is renowned for.

NobelProcera full­-contour restorations do not require veneering or sintering, so less labor for adjustments is needed to finalize the restoration. Excellent occlusal details and surface finish mean the technician need only apply subtle staining before polishing and glazing.

In cases where the technician feels traditional ceramic layering is required to achieve the desired esthetic result, a partial cutback of the material is easy to design. The ceramic can then be layered on top to create an optimized blend of high-­end esthetics and high­-strength monolithic zirconia.

The multilayered nature of the zirconia helps save time. By mirroring the natural color variations between the cervical margin of a tooth, the dentin and the enamel, the technician has less work to do to achieve an esthetic result. The high translucency of the material further enhances esthetics, making NobelProcera full­-contour zirconia restorations suitable even for anterior cases.

There are esthetic advantages for the clinician when it comes to placement of the restoration, too. As the color runs throughout the material, any final adjustments won’t cause color variations or white spots on the restoration.

NobelProcera full-contour, high-translucency, multilayered zirconia

NobelProcera full-contour, high-translucency, multilayered zirconia restorations possess well-defined occlusal detail, helping reduce the time it takes for the technician to achieve the desired end result.

Chosen for strength that lasts

Strength remains a key benefit of monolithic zirconia, and NobelProcera’s full­-contour zirconia exhibits strength at a level that helps prevent remakes. NobelProcera’s full­-contour zirconia has been selected for properties that support outstanding durability. It has been shown to undergo minimal monoclinic shift, meaning its structure resists changes caused by pressure and moisture over time, making the material highly durable. Plus, with full­-contour restorations, the risk of veneer chipping is removed.

NobelProcera restorations

NobelProcera restorations, like no others, made from high-translucency, multilayered full-contour zirconia.

From strength to strength

NobelProcera is continuing to expand its range of multilayered zirconia solutions, increasing choice and flexibility, with each option designed to address the patient’s long­-term functional and esthetic needs. One of the latest additions is the NobelProcera Implant Bridge with the innovative ASC (angulated screw channel) feature. This feature provides easy, yet precise positioning of the screw hole channel which increases restorative flexibility.

Given the benefits of strength, durability, esthetics and ease of use, NobelProcera full­-contour zirconia restorations are sure to be a popular choice for clinicians and dental technicians alike. 

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