Metal ceramics and ceramic materials are used to fabricate lifelike restorations. Their translucency and toothlike color and appearance contribute to highly esthetic restorations. Ceramic is a very hard and strong material capable of sustaining biting forces but, being a brittle glasslike material, can fracture when subjected to extreme forces or sharp impact. Because of the natural hardness of ceramic, these restorations are highly resistant to wear.
Over the years, laboratory-fabricated metal ceramics and ceramic restorations have become very popular, owing to their excellent esthetic properties, high strength, and excellent biocompatibility. Metal ceramics restorations are made by thermally bonding dental porcelains to an underlying metal framework that has been cast to fit the tooth or bridge preparation. The high supportive strength of the underlying metal allows metal-ceramic restorations to provide full coverage of posterior teeth and to be used for multiple-tooth bridges.
Safety of metal-ceramic restorations is generally well tolerated except for the moderately rare incidence of allergy to the metal portion of the restoration. High-noble alloys are better tolerated than the base alloy metals when used for these restorations, whereas the ceramics materials tend to be highly biocompatible and well-tolerated. These restorations are indicated for crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers in areas where the highest level of aesthetics is desired. The longevity of a metal-ceramic crown or bridge is somewhat less than that of ceramic restorations, whereas metal-ceramic restorations provide a very durable, long-lasting option for the restoration of posterior teeth or teeth with a great deal of structural damage.
The important factors in the growth of these restorations are the growing edentulous population, rising incidences of tooth loss due to oral diseases, increase in disposable incomes, growing desire for better aesthetics, and rising demand for advanced dental solutions. The increasing awareness of dental care, growing demand for the painless treatments further propel the adoption of these materials. However, limited reimbursement and pricing pressure faced by the leading market players are the major challenges faced by the key players in this market.
Recently, Meticulous Research has published a comprehensive report on the “Dental Materials Market– Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecasts to 2022”. According to Meticulous Research estimates, the global dental materials market is projected to reach USD 7,245.5 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2017 to 2022.
The global dental materials market study, published by Meticulous Research, can be downloaded at: Dental Materials Market- Global Opportunity Analysis And Industry Forecasts To 2022