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Zirconia is widely used. Many love it, some hate it. But there aren’t many people that know more about it than the one and only Dr. Mike DiTolla! In this classic episode, Mike joins Jason and Alan to answer questions about all things zirconia! Some topics we cover:

  • Mike’s shoulder surgery experience and why you shouldn’t feel too bad about missing a block again.
  • How Mike invented zirconia (Al’s word, not his)
  • Is zirconia too strong?
  • Can you bond zirconia? And how does that work?
  • How does the lab approach zirconia (e.g.–die space, etc.)
  • 30 micron margins! Crown margins = really narrow class V restoration
  • Best ways to adjust zirconia (water on, very fine diamond)
  •  Mike and Josh Austin’s AMAZING performances at VoD 2020!
  • What is zirconia’s Kryptonite and why do we have to clean zirconia before cementing/bonding?
  • Best way to open an access/drill a hold into a zirconia crown and how to repair
  • Blended zirconia materials
  • Will zirconia eventually take over?
  • Cementing vs. bonding
  • The Lipscomb Scale of how much it sucks to remove zirconia crowns
  • How to get some free polishing and cementing tools from Ivoclar-Vivadent

Some links from the show:

Glidewell Laboratory

Optragloss Universal polishers


Zir-Cut Burs

Microcopy VF finishers

Ceramir cement


SpeedCEM Plus

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