Why We Love Zirconia Crowns

Tooth enamel may be the strongest substance in the human body, but sometimes damage occurs that leaves teeth broken, fragile, and in need of protection. Dental crowns are a fantastic restorative option when a filling isn’t enough, and when extraction isn’t yet necessary.

If you need a dental crown, especially one in a visible spot, you’ll want to take extra care in picking the perfect material. An ideal dental crown will be durable, long-lasting, and blend in seamlessly with your smile. Zirconia dental crowns tick off every box when it comes to stunning and strong crowns that will last for years to come.

Let’s dive into the basics of zirconia crowns and why they’re the preferred dental crown option at Millennium Dental.

What are zirconia dental crowns?

Compared to traditional dental crown materials, like gold or porcelain, zirconia is a relatively new material in the world of restorative dental care. The material has been used for medical purposes for decades but moved onto the dentistry scene as an alternative to porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PTFM).

Zirconia crowns are made of zirconium oxide, a white, powdered ceramic in its raw form. Like all ceramic crowns, zirconia crowns are created through a milling process. Dentists also have the option of solid or layered zirconium, depending on the strength and translucency required for the tooth being treated.

Due to their inherent strength and impressive aesthetic appeal, zirconia crowns have rapidly become the go-to option for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry purposes.

Do I need a zirconia dental crown?

The answer to this question can be answered in two parts.

When is a dental crown necessary?

Dental crowns are typically used to save teeth from extraction. They provide more protection than a dental filling can offer, and are ideal for adding stability back to teeth after a root canal.

In addition to functional benefits, dental crowns can also be a great way to make permanent cosmetic changes to a tooth. For example, crowns will cover aesthetic flaws like chipped teeth, permanent discoloration, or an abnormally shaped tooth.

When is zirconia the best material to use?

Zirconia is the best material to use for your dental crown if you want maximum longevity and durability from your dental crown. It’s also ideal for those with bruxism, as it’s less likely to crack or wear down than porcelain or composite.

Last, but not least, zirconia is typically considered one of the best materials for dental crowns placed on front teeth. Because zirconia mimics teeth so closely, dentists can achieve the most realistic crown possible. Dr. Harrison is especially adept at creating ultra-realistic zirconia crowns, thanks to her attention to detail and artistic touch.

What are the advantages of zirconia dental crowns?

Here’s a breakdown of why zirconia dental crowns are a fantastic alternative to porcelain, gold and metal alloys.

  • Zirconia crowns are stronger and more durable than any other dental crown material on the market, including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFTM).
  • Since zirconia crowns contain no metal, you won’t experience the dreaded gray band so often seen in PFTM crowns.
  • They are biocompatible and won’t trigger allergic reactions.
  • are exceptionally versatile, meaning they’re ideal for front or back teeth, and great for restorative or cosmetic purposes.
  • These types of crowns allow dentists and dental labs to more easily create custom molded crowns that look just like real teeth.
  • Zirconia dental crowns rarely cause crowned tooth sensitivity issues with hot or cold beverages, which is a rare but potential concern with metal materials.
  • They are suitable for patients with bruxism and, if wearing does occur, aren’t apt to develop sharp edges over time.

So, do zirconia crowns have any downsides? Well, zirconia crowns made of solid zirconium, also called monolithic zirconia crowns, can be more opaque in appearance than natural teeth. In these cases, monolithic zirconia is best suited for treating less visible teeth.

Another consideration you may want to discuss with your dentist is the cost of zirconia crowns. Although this material has a great upfront cost vs. long-term value, it does tend to be more expensive than composite or porcelain. If this is a concern, Dr. Harrison will provide accurate tooth crown costs, broken down by the material to help you make an informed decision.

What if zirconia dental crowns aren’t my ideal choice?

Zirconia dental crowns are awesome, but that doesn’t always mean they’re the best choice for every situation. Dr. Harrison will help you determine which crown material is right for your needs after evaluating your oral health, examining the tooth that needs treatment, and discussing material options. Alternatives to zirconia include porcelain, gold, and metal alloys.

Learn more about zirconia dental crowns during your consultation with Dr. Harrison.

If your tooth needs a dental crown, don’t delay scheduling your consultation with Dr. Harrison, one of the best dentists in Plano, TX. The sooner your tooth is protected by a dental crown, the better!

Schedule your appointment today by calling Millennium Dental or requesting a visit online.