Dental crowns are essentially hollow teeth placed over your existing teeth to improve their health and appearance. Crowns are excellent for strengthening broken, disfigured, or weakened teeth. They are also useful to improve the appearance of worn down or yellowed teeth. Dental crowns can be made out of many materials, including porcelain and metal. These options have been around for many years, but one of the newest additions to this family is zirconia, a material made from zirconium, which shares properties with titanium. That means that zirconia is incredibly strong, and a great choice to use for your dental crowns.
Pros of Zirconia Crowns
Zirconia crowns are often compared to porcelain crowns. While they may appear similar, zirconia crowns have many benefits over porcelain. Zirconia crowns:
- Are much more durable. Porcelain can be fragile, meaning if you break a porcelain crown, you will need to revisit and get it repaired or replaced, which results in more money. Zirconia is 5 times stronger than porcelain, so you can worry less about them breaking.
- Zirconia crowns are bio-friendly. There is no metal underneath the porcelain to cause possible allergic reactions.
- Less tooth structure needs to be removed to place a zirconia crown vs a porcelain one.
- They are naturally white, meaning they blend in fairly easily with the rest of your teeth.
- Zirconia crowns are very stain resistant.
- They also have reduced sensitivity when eating hot and cold foods, as opposed to other materials that can result in higher sensitivity levels.
Zirconia Crown Cons
While Zirconia crowns have many advantages, they also have some deficits as well, as most things do. Zirconia crowns:
- Are less translucent than other crowns like porcelain, meaning that they may not blend in as well as other materials. This is less of a problem if the crown is further back in the mouth.
- Can cause potential wear and tear for the surrounding teeth due to their durability and hardness. If you do have a Zirconia crown, try to avoid grinding your teeth. Getting a night guard may be helpful.
Zirconia Crown Need-To-Knows
Zirconia crowns are indeed the next wave of dental technology. However, even the best crown will fail if strict oral home care and regular dental visits are not followed. The underlying tooth structure is what gives the crown its ultimate strength. If you have questions about which crowns would be best for your needs or want to know more about zirconia crowns, Ogden dentist Dr Jim Ellis can help you figure out the best options available for you.