Dental crowns are used to give a tooth strength or to change the appearance of the tooth.
Dental crowns are also used on the top of dental implants to provide a tooth alternative when one is missing.
Dental crowns have traditionally been made from metal or ceramic material but another option is now available for some people - Zirconia. So let's look at the advantages and disadvantages of this new type of crown.
WHAT IS A ZIRCONIA CROWN?
Zirconia crowns are made of zirconium dioxide. Zirconium dioxide is an extremely strong ceramic material. It is white in colour but is as strong as a metal crown. Cubic Zirconia (substitute diamonds) are made of similar material.
ADVANTAGES OF A ZIRCONIA CROWN
1. STRENGTH Zirconia crowns are as strong as metal crowns and so they are able to withstand the higher pressures placed on them when we are eating and sometimes grinding our teeth. Zirconia crowns will last longer and will withstand more pressure than a ceramic crown. They are a great choice for molar crowns where you do your of chewing.
2. TOOTH COLOUR Zirconium crowns are tooth coloured and so only you and your dentist will know that you have one.
3. SAME DAY CROWN Zirconium crowns are available same day at Clubb Dental. We design a crown to fit beautifully into your smile and then use our mill to carve your crown within the same appointment.
DISADVANTAGES OF A ZIRCONIA CROWN
1. OPAQUE COLOUR Zirconia crowns are more opaque (not transparent) than our natural teeth. I would not recommend a Zirconia crown for a front tooth where the colour match of the tooth needs to be perfect for your smile! For a molar tooth there are 10 shades available so we can select a shade to match your current smile.
2. STRENGTH While the strength of the Zirconia crown is one of it's biggest advantages it can also be a disadvantage if your strong crown will cause damage to your existing natural teeth if not brought to a high polish. ie if you grind your teeth, your opposing tooth may wear faster.
When making you a dental crown we want to find a solution that will give your tooth the strength and protection that it needs, while still looking great. So in the end we still use ceramic crowns and have introduced zirconia crowns to give you the best, depending on your needs.
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