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Inside Dentistry
April 2012
Volume 8, Issue 4

The Beauty of BruxZir® Restorations

Albensi Laboratories features the brawn of its CAD/CAM technology to provide beautiful restorations to its customers.

Albensi Laboratories, a full-service laboratory owned by Don Albensi, CDT, and located near Pittsburgh, Penn-sylvania, is an authorized BruxZir® milling center with two authentic BruxZir® milling systems. By milling and designing authentic BruxZir® Solid Zirconia restorations internally, Albensi is able to cut its turnaround times in half, reduce the cost to the doctor, and gain greater control over quality, esthetics, and fit. Known as an innovator in the dental industry, Albensi Laboratories has now implemented another breakthrough in providing their clients with the latest state-of-the art CAD/CAM technology.

What is BruxZir®?

BruxZir® Solid Zirconia is a monolithic solid zirconia restoration with no porcelain overlay (Figure 1). More brawn than beauty, you will be impressed by the esthetics of BruxZir® instead of posterior metal-occlusal porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) and full-cast metal restorations. BruxZir® is virtually chip-proof, making it the ideal restoration for bruxers, implant restorations, and areas with limited occlusal space.

BruxZir® Solid Zirconia crowns and bridges are made from the highest quality zirconia powder from Japan. The manufacturers chemically and physically reprocess the powder to further reduce the zirconia particle sizes. BruxZir® milling blanks are then created through a unique patent-pending process. Unlike conventional high-pressure milling blank manufacture, our processing gives BruxZir® improved light transmission, which provides a lower, more natural shade value.

Indications and Benefits

BruxZir® Solid Zirconia is indicated for crowns, bridges, implants, inlays, and onlays. An authentic BruxZir® bridge (Figure 1) is an esthetic alternative to PFM metal-occlusal lingual or full-cast restorations. The chip-proof durability of BruxZir® is ideal for bruxers who have broken natural teeth or previous PFM restorations. BruxZir® is also ideal when the patient lacks the preparation space for a PFM.

The benefits of BruxZir® Solid Zirconia include high resistance to chips because of its composition of solid zirconia with no porcelain overlay. These restorations are glazed to a smooth surface to help reduce plaque accumulation.

Preparation Requirements

A shoulder preparation not needed for this preparation; feather-edge preparations are acceptable. This is a conservative preparation similar to full-cast gold, so any preparation with at least 0.5 mm of occlusal space is acceptable. There should be a minimum occlusal reduction of 0.5 mm, with 1 mm being ideal.

Instructions for Adjustment and Polishing

When adjusting BruxZir® zirconia crowns and bridges, use water and air spray to keep the restoration cool, and use a fine-grit diamond to avoid microfractures. If using air spray only, use the lightest touch possible when making adjustments. A football-shaped bur is the most effective for occlusal and lingual surfaces on anterior teeth; a tapered bur is the ideal choice for the buccal and lingual surfaces. BruxZir® restorations can be polished with an Albensi Laboratories BruxZir® Adjustment & Polishing Kit (Figure 2) or with a porcelain polishing system of your choice.

Cementation Recommendations

To cement BruxZir® restorations, use a resin-reinforced glass-ionomer cement such as RelyX™ Luting Cement, 3M ESPE,; or GC Fuji Plus™, GC America, For short or over-tapered preparations, universal cements such as RelyX™ Unicem, 3M ESPE, or Panavia™ F2.0, Kuraray, can be used.


In business since 1979, Albensi Laboratories now services dentists all over the United States and is known for its superior craftsmanship, exceptional customer care, on-time deliveries, as well as being in the forefront of the latest in CAD/CAM technology. As a BruxZir® Authorized Lab, Albensi Laboratories believes that the patient’s satisfaction and dental health are critical to the success of every case. Find out how Albensi Laboratories can help you give your patients the confidence of full-contour strength and stability as well as the improved self-esteem that comes with highly esthetic restorations, and is an ideal solution for the bruxers and grinders in your practice.

For more information, contact:
Albensi Laboratories
Phone: 800-734-3064


The preceding material was provided by the manufacturer. The statements and opinions contained therein are solely those of the manufacturer and not of the editors, publisher, or the Editorial Board of Inside Dentistry.

UNIQUE RPD SYSTEM (1.) An authentic BruxZir® bridge restoration. (2.) The Albensi Laboratories BruxZir® Bur Kit.

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