A Dash of Dental


Demystifying Zirconia


CPD Points: 2            Cost: FREE

Course objectives:

Upon completion of this course, dentists will have learned the differences between the main types and brands of zirconia materials available, be able to select the best zirconia for a given clinical situation and be familiar with the tooth preparation required for that choice of material. They will also learn the essential steps for successful cementation and adjustment, and how the right cementation protocol can optimise clinical success.

Course overview:

  • Understanding the properties and features of the different zirconias in the marketplace. Which ones are the right ones for my practice?
  • Deciphering the Southern Cross labsheet so you know what each zirconia option is.
  • Why you can consider zirconia to be the 21st century PFM alternative.
  • How zirconia restorations are made and why you need to understand this to achieve clinical success.
  • Aren’t they all essentially the same? Why some zirconias are much more suitable for a given case than others.
  • Does zirconia work for bridges and veneers? Why more care needs to be exercised in some situations.
  • Will zirconia wear down the opposing teeth? Should I be concerned about using it in patients with an already worn dentition?
  • What if I need to do endo on a tooth with a zirconia restoration?
  • Zirconia implant abutments – pros and cons
  • What preparation design and reduction is necessary to optimise success.
  • Using zirconia’s opacity or translucency to your clinical advantage. Why you no longer need to use a PFM to block out discoloured teeth.
  • Shade taking for zirconia. What if my shade is wrong?
  • Why you should have a specific armamentarium if you’re incorporating zirconia into your practice.
  • Trying in your zirconia restoration. What to do and what to avoid.
  • How to bond zirconia. What sequence of steps helps to maximise adhesion to the underlying tooth.
  • Adjusting zirconia before and/or after cementation. What to do and what to avoid.


Simon Parsons is a general dentist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He has practised in and managed large dental practices in NSW in various roles including senior dentist, clinical director and national dental director. He currently practises dentistry part time in the Sydney CBD, presents medico-legal workshops and acts as a clinical and technical support consultant for Southern Cross Dental.

Start date: 03/05/2018
End date: 03/05/2018
Time: 06.00pm - 09.00pm
Venue: Mantra Chatswood
10 Brown Street
Chatswood NSW 2067