What is a zirconia crown? And Other FAQs

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Most people think of silver or gold when it comes to dental crowns, but zirconia has become increasingly popular in the past couple of years. However, it isn’t a new material. It was discovered in the 18th century and was first used for making bricks and special types of glass. It was also used as a diamond stimulant. Then, in 1969, it began being studied to be used for medical purposes and has more recently been used as dental crowns.

Zirconia is a great choice for a dental crown material for several reasons, including its:

  • Natural, white coloring
  • Hardness
  • Toughness
  • Biocompatibility

To learn more about the advantages, disadvantages, and other important facts about zirconia crowns, continue reading!

What are the advantages of choosing a zirconia crown?

When compared to metal and porcelain dental crowns, zirconia offers some clear benefits. Here are some of the main advantages of zirconia:

  • It is easily recolored, modified, and reshaped.
  • The color and translucence resemble natural tooth enamel.
  • No metal is required.
  • Less of the natural tooth needs to be removed.
  • It is biocompatible, meaning it isn’t harmful to the rest of your body.
  • It has a high tolerance for hot and cold materials.
  • It is almost five times stronger than porcelain.
  • The crowns can be made in one day.

Are there any disadvantages?

There are two sides to every coin. No dental crown is better than the natural tooth structure, but the disadvantages of zirconia crowns are few. However, patients should know that because zirconia crowns are a newer material, all of the disadvantages may not be known.

Here’s what we do know:

  • Zirconia doesn’t look as natural as porcelain.
  • It is more difficult for dentists to detect decay under the crown.
  • While cost varies from dentist to dentist, zirconia will likely be more expensive than other dental crown options.

In our opinion, the pros certainly outweigh the cons! But we want you to make your own decision, so keep reading to learn more.

Who should choose a zirconia crown?

While all dental patients who need a crown have the option of choosing zirconia, it is more beneficial to some. Because of its incredible strength, zirconia is the best option for patients who suffer from bruxism. Patients who place enormous amounts of stress on their back teeth want to be sure to choose a material that can withstand the pressure.

Truly, any patient who needs a posterior dental crown should consider zirconia as it is the most reliable and durable option.

Patients who want to replace a silver or gold crown with a more natural-looking crown that also offers strength and biocompatibility should also consider this option.

Who is a candidate for a zirconia crown?

There are no special requirements for zirconia. Like with all other dental materials, patients who need a dental crown should have:

  • Good oral hygiene
  • Healthy gums
  • Adequate bone tissue (if receiving dental implants)

Of course, the patient must also have a problem that only a dental crown can fix. This could be several things, including:

For More Information

If you’re curious about which dental crown material is best for your smile, contact an experienced dentist near you today.

Dr. Richard L. Rodgers in Atlanta, GA is happy and prepared to answer any questions you may have. Call our office today at 404-577-6620 to speak with one of our friendly team members.

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