The zirconia dream team: Effect liquids and micro-layering

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The dream team: Effect liquids and micro-layering on highly aesthetic zirconia

Esthetic Colorant is a useful set of liquids used to intensify and complement the effects offered by the high-translucency, pre-shaded KATANA Zirconia blanks. (All images: Leonidas Dimitriou)

Fri. 21. July 2023


TOKYO, Japan: To complement its comprehensive portfolio of multilayered zirconias—KATANA Zirconia Multi-Layered series—and veneering porcelain for zirconia—CERABIEN ZR—Kuraray Noritake Dental has recently introduced a set of dyeing liquids. Esthetic Colorant for KATANA Zirconia is applied to the surface of a monolithic or anatomically reduced zirconia restoration prior to the final sintering procedure, making it possible to imitate typical internal colour effects of natural teeth easily. Depending on the desired outcome, users may add just a final layer of glaze, liquid ceramics or stains and porcelains to their zirconia restorations treated with Esthetic Colorant. The following two cases demonstrate two different procedures involving the use of these effect liquids.

Case 1

In the first case, we produced three two-unit splinted crown restorations for the six maxillary anterior teeth from KATANA Zirconia YML. The crowns were anatomically reduced and individualised with Esthetic Colorant mainly in the incisal and cervical areas immediately after milling. For the application of the selected liquids, we used the Liquid Brush Pen, which was specifically developed for Esthetic Colorant. We dried the restorations for 30 minutes, sintered them in the furnace according to the recommended protocol for KATANA Zirconia and subsequently finished them with CERABIEN ZR porcelains. Finally, we applied CERABIEN ZR FC Paste Stain Glaze for a high-gloss finish.

Case 2

In this second case, we designed and milled two three-unit restorations in full contour using KATANA Zirconia YML in Shade A3. We then reduced them with hand instruments by 0.2 mm and added texture effects to the surface before applying Esthetic Colorant. In this case, we played with different shades of Esthetic Colorant. Even when applied to a minimally reduced or monolithic surface, the liquids create a nice depth effect by diffusing into the zirconia structure. The amount of liquid applied is easily controlled with the Liquid Brush Pen, enabling predictability of the intensity of the colours. After sintering, we added internal stains, CERABIEN ZR Luster porcelain and a final layer of CERABIEN ZR FC Paste Stain Glaze to finish the restorations. The outcome speaks for itself.

A useful set of liquids

Esthetic Colorant can be used to intensify and complement the effects offered by the high-translucency, pre-shaded KATANA Zirconia blanks. Whether you would like to add some chroma to the canines, highlight the mamelon structures or create individual effects, these effect liquids allow you to do so with minimal effort. In cases with metal implant abutments or discoloured abutment teeth, the White and Opaque modifier shades are very useful. Applied to the intaglio of the restoration, they are able to mask the dark structures underneath by blocking incoming light deep within the zirconia, while the translucency on the external surface remains high. All in all, the new liquids support the efficient creation of highly aesthetic restorations.

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