Zirconia is a modern dental replacement for the metal substructures used under conventional crowns and bridges. Because of its stronger-than-metal properties, zirconia has been used for decades in many industrial applications, such as the space shuttle and on the new high-tech brakes on German sports cars. Sometimes called “white metal,” zirconia is the material of choice for creating substructures in cosmetic dentistry to give crowns and bridges a whiter brighter more translucent quality.

In the past, most crowns and bridges had a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) substructure. These restorations, built on a dark metal alloy base, often look opaque and monochromatic, with a darker grayness at the gum line. All ceramic dental restorations made with zirconia have the natural look and translucency of natural teeth. Zirconia crowns and bridges have proven to be twice as strong as PFM restorations and up to five times stronger than other all-ceramic restorations used in dentistry.

Zirconia is 100% biocompatible because the body does not reject zirconia. This material is the preferred modern material for medical applications. Amalgams and metal alloys used in dentistry can cause allergic reactions not to mention mercury contamination. The body accepts zirconia as a natural material, so you don’t have to worry about allergies or adverse reactions.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

To all of our dear patients, families and friends,

We hope that you are healthy and safe during this time. In our continued effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are extending our closure. In these uncertain times, we continue to keep our patients and our dental family at the heart of every decision that we make. We are consistently monitoring the evolving situation and continue to follow the guidelines of public health officials as well as our government to make these decisions.

It is our hope that we will resume our regular business hours on Monday, May 4th. If you are a patient of record and have an emergency, please do not hesitate to call us. We strive to ensure our patients are comfortable and cared for. We will be connected to the office answering all calls and texts as quickly as possible. We also have virtual consultations available at this time.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this journey together. Have faith. Follow the recommendations of our leaders. Stay calm. Stay healthy. We are honored to be a part of your healthcare team and look forward to serving you in our normal capacity again soon. Feel free to call or text us for updates during this time. Also, don't forget to floss!

- Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Team