Quintessence Int 42 (2011), No. 2 10. Jan. 2011
Ceramics have a long history in fixed prosthodontics of achieving optimal esthetics. Yttrium tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP)-based systems are a recent addition to the high-strength, all-ceramic systems used for crowns and fixed partial dentures. CAD/ CAM-produced, Y-TZP-based systems are in considerable demand in esthetic and stress-bearing regions. The highly esthetic nature of zirconia coupled with its superior physical properties and biocompatibility have resulted in restorative systems that meet the demands of today's patients. Undoubtedly, these systems are considered to be prospective replacements for metal-ceramic restorations. This article reviews relevant contemporary literature regarding all-ceramic materials and systems and discusses their material properties, biocompatibility, advances in cementation, and more with special emphasis on clinical survival. The article also aims to provide recommendations for their use.
Keywords: CAD/CAM, fixed partial dentures, selective infiltration etching, survival rate, yttrium-tetragonal zirconia polycrystals