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Inside Dentistry
August 2023
Volume 19, Issue 8

A Reliable Zirconia for a Family-Oriented Practice

Glidewell’s BruxZir® provides strength, esthetics, versatility, and dependability

Tina Minh Garza, DDS

Family has always been important to Tina Minh Garza, DDS. When people told her not to practice with her husband John Joseph Garza, DDS, MSD, and when they advised her to choose a practice location first and then build a life around that, Garza did not listen. "I wanted to be close to my parents and where I grew up," she says. "We built our house and had children while working as associates, and then we found a practice location that fit the life we had built, which has worked well in helping us keep our work and family life balanced. As for working together, we get along well and have complementary strengths and skills."

Perhaps not surprisingly, a family-focused approach to patient care was important when Garza opened Northpointe Family Dentistry in Cypress, Texas, and in the interest of providing the best care to her community, investing in digital technology also became a priority. As an associate, she had utilized porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns, but she now uses BruxZir® zirconia from Glidewell for most restorations. BruxZir® Full-Strength Zirconia offers a solution for the most functionally demanding cases, and BruxZir® Esthetic Zirconia provides an optimized combination of strength and translucency with lifelike vitality engineered for the anterior region. "BruxZir is really dependable in terms of strength," Garza says, noting Glidewell's lifetime warranty. "The esthetics are great as well. I have never had a patient complain about the look of a BruxZir crown."

The versatility of BruxZir provides advantages as well. "BruxZir is appropriate for the majority of our cases, which makes our preparation requirements very straightforward," she says. "I know that I can use the same amount of reduction and the same types of angulations every time. The cementation is really easy as well."

Glidewell's expert laboratory work also supports the ease of workflow. "I rarely need to make adjustments to BruxZir crowns," Garza says. "I get a more consistent, good fit." Furthermore, she can be confident using the original dental zirconia straight from the source. "With Glidewell," she says, "I know that I am getting a true BruxZir crown. With a smaller laboratory, I do not necessarily know where the zirconia is coming from. It might be from overseas."

Glidewell's customer service is another advantage. According to Garza, regardless of when she calls them, someone picks up the phone. "Their representatives and technicians are very knowledgeable and personable," she says. "I can tell they care about my cases."

That philosophy fits with Garza's family approach to the practice. With her father serving as one of her best sources of referrals, sending patients home satisfied is critical. "With Glidewell and BruxZir, I know I am getting a truly high-quality, consistent crown," Garza says.


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