One of the challenges today for dentists is that crowns, bridges, dentures, partials and other dental appliances have to be sent off to a dental laboratory.
Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry has a full-service Hi-Tech Dental Lab onsite including lab technicians allowing our doctors to complete any case efficiently, including full-mouth reconstructions, teeth in a day with fixed implant bridges, or fixed implant dentures.
For Cosmetic Dentistry, this is extremely important. Dentists often have to struggle to ensure the correct shade of a veneer, porcelain crown or bridge. Hi-Tech Dental Lab has full availability with natural light to a custom shade room, allowing for you always to get the best dental restoration possible.
And now, Dr. Velasco has added Zirconia, an advanced treatment option, to Uptown’s high-tech lab capabilities. Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is one of the only dental implant centers in the Houston area with its own onsite zirconia lab.
Zirconia is a very dense material that looks exactly like natural teeth with the advantage that it is extremely strong and doesn’t stain. It’s a big advantage for patients knowing that they are going to have something that is secure in their mouths, that will not break and will look fantastic year after year.
At Uptown, the zirconia is all made in-house so we control every aspect of the fabrication starting from the base material to the end product. Here we can control the quality, and ensure a higher-grade outcome.
At Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we strive to stay on the leading edge of technology to ensure our patients get the most up to date options. Uptown continues that mission with the addition of an on-site Zirconia lab.
Zirconium crowns have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic point, it is clear and very similar to a natural tooth and reflects light the same way. This may be important if your new crowns are in the front of your mouth and it is particularly relevant in cases where the crown will be seen next to natural teeth.
Porcelain is the conventional material used for new crowns, however, full porcelain can chip or break. Zirconium crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium crowns can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding.
The look of zirconium crowns and bridges is so close to natural teeth that it is hard to tell the difference.