One year of Monolith NHS Full-Contour Zirconia – CosTech Dental Laboratory

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  Posted by: Dental Design      15th November 2019

All patients are now seeking more aesthetic restorative options.

In response, CosTech Dental Laboratory introduced Monolith Full-Contour Zirconia – a strong, aesthetic crown option which, for the first time, makes full zirconia available to NHS patients. One year on, CosTech reveals how Monolith has performed and why zirconia crowns are such an excellent choice for patients and practices alike.

Why offer zirconia crowns?

Providing NHS patients with an aesthetic alternative to treatment provides many benefits for both your practice and your patients. Firstly, zirconia as a material has exhibited numerous advantages over other dental materials. These include better aesthetics, better strength and a lower plaque affinity than other dental materials.[i]

It’s likely that offering a unique aesthetic option such as Monolith will impact practices positively too. By providing Monolith you will easily be able to attract new patients who are specifically searching for an aesthetic option in their price range. The result is business growth and improved sustainability.

It’s no surprise that in just the first 11 months of Monolith Full-Contour Zirconia being available, over 600 dentists have fitted more than 6,500 units. Each crown unit is available at just £29.95, including free delivery to and from the lab.

Following feedback from CosTech clients, the lab is now also offering affordably priced Monolith Zirconia Maryland Wings.

”Fit, Form, Function”

As technicians, we always assess the three aspects of every crown – fit, form and function. In a survey of clients we asked professionals to give us feedback on every Monolith crown.

Fit: Dentists responding in the survey scored the crowns an impressive 4.5 out of 5 for fit. Margins were found to be spot on, while some dentists requested extra die spacer to prevent tight fits.

Form: Monolith Full-Contour Zirconia offers a natural-looking white aesthetic, and is available in all VITA shades from A-D. In a survey carried out with Monolith users, professionals rated the aesthetics of the product as 4.6 out of 5 on average.

Function: Monolith was also scored 4.7 out of 5 for functionality on dentist surveys. Certainly, dentists’ individual requirements for occlusal clearance has been widely praised, where this can be programmed directly into the CAD/CAM software.

 Adjusting Monolith

One of the core design features of Monolith Full-Contour Zirconia is that it’s relatively easy to adjust. It’s necessary to appreciate that Zirconia needs to be adjusted in a different way than other materials as it has different material properties. Adjusted zirconia should always be polished to prevent erosion of opposing teeth.  

To combat this, CosTech has created special Monolith Adjustment and Polishing Kits. Containing everything clinicians need to achieve a life-like lustre on Monolith restorations and adjust them if necessary, these kits comprise of seven rotaries in an autoclavable case. These kits are available at a special price of just £99.95 for a limited time.

The solution you can rely on

Patient expectations are constantly shifting, so it makes sense to offer all of your patient list an aesthetic, versatile restorative solution. Monolith Full-Contour Zirconia from CosTech Dental Laboratory is not only a strong, reliable and aesthetic option for NHS patients, but it also comes highly recommended by CosTech clients, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 overall.

To find out more, please contact CosTech today.

For more information about CosTech Dental Laboratory, please visit or call 01474 320076




[i] Cionca, N., Hashim, D., Mombelli, A. Zirconia Dental Implants: Where Are We Now, And Where Are We Heading? Periodontol 2000. 2017 Feb; 73(1):241–258.

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