Zirconia blanks are blocks or discs made from zirconia ceramic material that are used in various manufacturing processes, particularly in the dental industry. Zirconia is a type of ceramic material that is known for its high strength, durability, and biocompatibility, making it an ideal material for dental restorations.
Zirconia blanks are used to create a wide range of dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, and implant abutments. They are typically produced using a computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system, which allows for precise and consistent shaping of the zirconia material. The blanks are then further processed through milling and sintering to produce the final product.
Zirconia blanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit different dental restoration needs. They are often preferred over traditional materials such as metal and porcelain due to their biocompatibility and natural look. Additionally, zirconia is known to be more resistant to wear and fracture compared to other dental materials, which makes it a popular choice for restorations that need to withstand the daily wear and tear of the mouth.