“True-to-life” is the current buzzword in dental restorations. Zirconia – a ‘wonder material’ with outstanding properties has been used to restore teeth in millions of people across the globe. When tooth decay or fracture damages a cusp, a zirconia crown restoration is needed. These are tooth-colored crowns made of solid zirconia with no porcelain overlay.Zirconia crowns are naturally aesthetic, completely biocompatible and exceptionally strong to withstand the wear and tear of every day use. With its fine-grain translucent crystal structure it gives an incredibly lifelike appearance. No wonder, Zirconia crowns have fast become the material of choice for dental crowns.
The installation is fast and the end result is fantastic. The damaged tooth is first prepared by removing any decay or old filling. A new filling will then be placed to support the crown restoration. Impressions are taken and sent to the lab. Meanwhile, a temporary crown is placed while your new crown is fabricated at the dental lab. When the final crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the zirconia crown is cemented in place.
You may need Zirconia crowns if you
- Have suffered major tooth decay or injury
- Are not able to comfortably chew food
- Have major chips or cracks
- Have severe tooth discoloration that is unlikely to respond to professional teeth whitening procedure
- Have severely misshapen or disproportionately small teeth
You are eligible for Zirconia crowns if you
- Are looking for a strong, long lasting and visually appealing crown
- Are looking for a metal free option
- Do not want an ugly looking black metal showing through the gums
- Are looking for a ‘biocompatible’ option that will not cause any ill effects, e.g. an allergic reaction
- Are looking for an option that mimics the natural appearance of your teeth
Zirconia crowns may be reactive for some patients with specific metal allergies or sensitivities. However, a testing is available to confirm this.
Zirconia crowns not only give the best cosmetic appeal but also the extra strength and durability required. They are a perfect option for sensitive mouths. When choosing zirconium crowns the too hot/too cold feeling isn’t an issue, since zirconia dental crowns have greatly reduced thermal conductivity – just like a natural tooth.
Now as cosmetic dentistry becomes a significant area of dental care, the use ofthe traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns may meet your functional demands but not your aesthetic concerns. Zirconia crowns are the modern standard for crowns that look great and stay strong. If your new crowns are to be at the front of your mouth opt for Zirconia for the better aesthetics! Zirconia - the new ‘crown’ jewel of modern dentistry!