Tooth enamel is the strongest biological substance. It’s so strong that it rivals the strength of steel (though because of its mineral composition, it’s far more brittle than steel). Teeth seem indestructible—that is, until they become damaged. Finding a replacement for tooth enamel is difficult; how do you match the strength, natural coloring and glossiness of tooth enamel? Today, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is proud to offer an incredible option at his Atlanta, GA practice: zirconia crowns. They are the leading dental crown option for both superior strength and lifelike beauty.
Do you need a dental crown that lasts? When investing in a restorative treatment, you want to make sure it will hold up. Dr. Rodgers, your Atlanta, GA, offers zirconia dental crowns that provide fast restoration that lasts longer than porcelain. For more information on our dental crowns, or to schedule a restorative dentistry appointment with our team, call us at 404.577.6620.
At our practice, we solid zirconia for dental crowns and other restorations like bridges and partial dentures. But you’re probably wondering, “what is zirconia?”.
Zirconia is a man-made material created with zirconium, a malleable and incredibly strong metal that functions a lot like titanium (the metal with which many dental implants are created). To make zirconia crowns resemble natural enamel, yttrium oxide, a solid white substance, is added to the zirconium to create a glossy, white, natural-looking appearance that is incredibly similar to enamel. Zirconia crown technology has been improved drastically in the recent past to further improve their cosmetic appearance, making them a more popular option than ever for restorative dentists like Dr. Rodgers.
When choosing which type of dental crown to place, dentists have historically had to choose between aesthetics or strength. Metal crowns, a popular choice in the past for crowns protecting molars, are superior in strength and longevity, but fall short when it comes to a natural-looking smile. Porcelain-fused to metal is another option which attempts to hide the metal color of crowns with a thin top layer of porcelain, but it didn’t quite achieve natural-looking aesthetics (often looking flat or dense compared to natural teeth). Finally, porcelain crowns closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, but are less durable than metal.
The reason our practice chooses zirconia is because it is the only option that successful blends the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain. We also like using zirconia because we can create them in-office! Advanced dental technology allows us to design a completely-custom crown and mill it in a machine that brings the dental lab to our practice. While porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can take weeks to fabricate, zirconia crowns can be created in just one day. That means no more temporary resin crowns or additional appointments! Your teeth are better-protected faster with zirconia crown’s quick fabrication.
Now that you know about the benefits of zirconia dental crowns, choose it for your own dental restoration! Schedule a restorative appointment with Dr. Rodgers to experience the beauty and longevity of a zirconia crown for yourself. Contact our midtown Atlanta, GA practice today!