For many dental tourists planning a trip to Costa Rica, porcelain crowns are high on their list of treatments to inquire about. Since many of these dental tourists come from the United States, they are bound to be more familiar with porcelain crowns since this is a material that is widely used in North America.
The Flikier Institute of Dental Rehabilitation offers both metal and ceramic crowns, and porcelain is certainly one of the materials used from time to time; however, Zirconium is the material that is most likely to be recommended in Costa Rica.
Zirconium crown technology has been implemented in Costa Rica over the last few years, and this choice of material has a lot to do with how dentistry is evolving both for dental tourists as well as local patients in this country.
Although endodontics are still widely practiced in Costa Rica, dental tourists often arrive with restorations in mind. They are already familiar with porcelain crowns, but once they learn about the advantages of Zirconium they are more likely to be receptive to the idea of dental restorations.
Zirconia is a white crystalline oxide that is commonly used in enamels, glazes, optics, and abrasives. This crystalline oxide resembles fine sand; once it is mixed with Yttrium, it is turned into blanks or slates of Zirconia dioxide, which happens to be the most advanced ceramics material for dental crowns and implants.
Despite their high stability and ability to resist fractures, not all dental practices in Costa Rica utilize Zirconia crowns, and there is an economic reason for this. It so happens that Zirconia crowns and other dental devices made from this advanced material are only affordable when they are fabricated in-house.
To be able to manufacture crowns, veneers, inlays, abutments, bars, and other dental devices made from Zirconia, a clinic first needs a full CAD/CAM imaging system such as the SCANORA 3D. With this system in the office, the dental professionals at the Flikier Institute can not only diagnose and evaluate patients; they can also skip the impression and manufacturing of traditional stone models and move directly to fabrication using Zirconia as a preferred material.
In other words, the technology investment made by the Flikier Institute saves them the need to outsource tthe manufacturing of their implant and cosmetic devices to outside laboratories, which means that dental tourists realize savings and spend less time in waiting around for their dental treatments to be completed.
The Flikier Institute specifically uses Prettau Zirconia whenever possible. In the world of restoration dentistry, Prettau Zirconia is known as one of the top materials that can be used whenever dental professionals have little space to work with, or when they see that existing restorations may have suffered chipping due to conditions such as bruxism.
Prettau Zirconia is known as a material that is highly recommended in terms of being adequately porous and biocompatible. This material is also known to work wonders in conjunction with the proper coloring techniques. Another advantage that is worth mentioning happens during the cementation and bonding processes, to which Prettau Zirconia happens to be very receptive to.