Tosoh Corporation Presents Prestigious "Best Product Innovation Award" to Glidewell Laboratories for BruxZir(R) Solid Zirconia

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Glidewell Dental Lab Honored With Award From Tosoh Corporation for Its Innovative Use of Zirconia in Dentistry

Robin Carden and Jim Glidewell, CDT, accept Tosoh Corporation's "Best Product Innovation Award" for BruxZir from Yutaka Nakamura, Jay Thomas and Takaaki Kawakami in Newport Beach, Calif.

Tosoh chose BruxZir Solid Zirconia for this honor because of the inventive processes employed by Glidewell Laboratories that have repurposed how zirconia is used in dentistry.

Glidewell Laboratories, industry-leading provider of dental lab products and services, is the Tosoh Corporation’s 2010 recipient of the “Best Product Innovation Award” in the Advanced Ceramic category for BruxZir Solid Zirconia.

Yutaka Nakamura, President of Tosoh America, Takaaki Kawakami and Jay Thomas presented the award to Jim Glidewell, CDT, president and owner of Glidewell Laboratories, and Robin Carden, Senior Director of R&D, at the laboratory’s Newport Beach, Calif., headquarters on Dec. 6, 2010 (see video of award presentation here: The award, which stands nearly 2 feet tall, is a plaque made with the largest piece of black zirconia ever produced by Tosoh. Formed at high pressure, sintered at over 1500 centigrade and then polished and engraved with an acknowledgment formally recognizing the BruxZir material, the plaque itself is both impressive and unique.

Tosoh, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s leading supplier of quality, high-purity zirconia. Over the past four years, Glidewell Laboratories has worked with Tosoh’s zirconia material to develop BruxZir Solid Zirconia.

Glidewell Laboratories’ 66-person R&D team was instrumental in the development of BruxZir and used innovative processes to refine Tosoh zirconia to a significantly reduced grain size, which increases the strength and optical properties of BruxZir. This team, which includes PhDs in material science and engineering, dentists and dental technicians, used the latest material advancements in conjunction with proprietary, groundbreaking processes to create dental restorations that exhibit lifelike vitality and chip-proof strength.

Tosoh chose BruxZir Solid Zirconia for this honor because of the inventive processes employed by Glidewell Laboratories that have repurposed how zirconia is used in dentistry. While zirconia has become a preferred restorative material, the June 2009 release of BruxZir has further enhanced this material in both form and function. Unlike conventional dental restorations that start with a metal base and then are overlaid with porcelains, BruxZir is a solid, monolithic zirconia crown that is fabricated using CAD/CAM technology.

BruxZir Solid Zirconia has quickly gained the attention of the dental community due primarily to its strength and superior esthetics when compared to metal-based restorations for patients who brux and grind their teeth.

For more information about BruxZir Solid Zirconia and the indications for its clinical use, please visit

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