Dr. Jack Griffin provides his patients at the Eureka Smiles with a less expensive alternative to metal-based dental restorations, utilizing tooth-colored zirconia that simultaneously delivers long-lasting results while producing a more natural-looking aesthetic.
Eureka, MO – Dr. Jack D. Griffin, a St. Louis dentist, has noticed a significant shift toward the use of zirconia in aesthetic restorative dentistry. According to Dr. Griffin, the field of conservative dental restorations continues to advance in regard to cosmetics, spurring the invention of techniques that are aesthetically-pleasing while also remaining functionally strong. Zirconia has emerged as an excellent material option in cosmetic dentistry, and due to innovations in surface adhesive primer, Dr. Griffin says zirconia bonding has become a dependable technique.
As a silica-free, acid-resistant, and fracture-resistant polycrystalline ceramic, Dr. Griffin says zirconia has quickly become a desirable material for cosmetic restorations. He highlights that zirconia is also metal-free, and its coloring more closely resembles a natural tooth. The St. Louis dentist notes that some other key benefits of zirconia-based restorative materials include:
- Improved strength
- The ability to be CAD/CAM milled
- A less expensive alternative to the precious metals traditionally used in tooth restorations
While porcelain veneers have achieved the aesthetic goals of many patients over the years, Dr. Griffin says innovators in restorative dentistry are constantly striving to improve the strength, longevity, and cosmetic appearance of restoration materials. To ensure the long-lasting success of zirconia bridge designs, he says it was necessary for innovators to develop primers that would covalently bond to zirconia and other metal-free alternative materials. Now that viable options – like zirconia – have been developed and approved, Dr. Griffin says he confidently utilizes the cosmetically superior zirconia in his restorative dentistry cases when applicable.
At his practice, Dr. Griffin says zirconia has been increasingly used as a framework for bridges due to the metal-free material, its fracture resistance, and the long-term clinical success the zirconia has exhibited with the new adhesive primers available. Ultimately, Zirconia-based dental restorations allow Dr. Griffin to provide his St. Louis cosmetic dentistry patients increased durability and more natural-looking results than ever before.
About Jack Griffin, Jr. DMD
Dr. Griffin is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. He is the founder of the Eureka Smiles, located outside of St. Louis, MO, which offers a comprehensive variety of dental procedures spanning from teeth whitening to dental implants. Dr. Griffin is a member of several medical organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society among others. Additionally, Dr. Griffin himself has completed over 2000 hours of continued education since graduating from dental school. A Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD), he has also published a number of dental journals and articles. Dr. Griffin is available for interview upon request.
18 Hilltop Village Center Dr.
Eureka, MO 63025