Damaged, decayed and discolored teeth benefit greatly from crowns provided by your Queens dentist. And one of the newest dental crown options are those made from zirconia. It’s a metal that’s found in the titanium family and is used to make crowns that are durable, malleable and relatively quick to create.
Zirconia crowns combine the strength of metal with the natural appearance previously found only in ceramic or porcelain crowns. And they pose very few zirconia crown disadvantages. You also have the advantage of knowing a cosmetic dentist who also serves as your family dentist and can help you find the most affordable solutions so you can reap the benefits of a long-lasting zirconia crown.
Dental crowns cover teeth in order to restore a natural shape and improve the appearance of your teeth. You can choose from a variety of materials for your crown, ranging from resin and metal alloys to porcelain. Zirconia dental crowns are especially useful because:
According to Colgate.com, “The metal has become popular as a crown material, since it is supplied to dental offices in the form of a block, which is then milled by a computerized cutting machine (CAD CAM) into the shape of a tooth. Then, once it is fitted, it is cemented in the patient’s mouth.”
Additionally, zirconia dental crowns:
While there are many advantages of zirconia crowns, your CitiDental team fully explains the downsides before you make a final decision. Since the metal is opaque, it makes it difficult to exactly match teeth, more important for front teeth. An alternative for front teeth may be BruxZir crowns so you don’t have worry about that complication.
Additional zirconia crown disadvantages are few, but do include:
When you get traditional ceramic or metal dental crowns, you typically have to make multiple visits for each cap. First, there’s the crown prep when the tooth is filed down and an impression made. Then you go home to wait until the lab produces your crown. On your next visit, the crown is cemented on and fine-tuned to ensure your comfort.
While your cosmetic dentist may recommend two visits, it’s possible that you can undergo the entire process in one visit. Zirconia metals can be milled in the dentist’s office to form the perfect shaped tooth with the assistance of the computerized cutting machine. It’s then cemented and polished during the same appointment.
All dental procedures carry some level of risk for complications, however small. Those risks are greatly reduced when you rely on the expertise of your family dentist at CitiDental though. Zirconia problems that could arise include the possibility of:
Zirconia crowns are extremely reliable, but other zirconia crown problems may arise, such as a crack or chip, although highly unlikely since the metal is so strong, unlike chipping common with porcelain crowns. Because they’re so durable, zirconia crowns can more quickly wear down adjoining teeth or the rest of the tooth left under the crown.
Zirconia crowns feel just like your natural teeth. You take care of them with the same careful daily dental routines. Brushing and flossing daily as well as bi-annual visits to your family dentist at CitiDental for checkups and cleanings ensure your crown’s vitality.
Zirconia crowns can last up to 15 years or even longer when you practice good oral habits. They even can be sustained for life. Talk to your dentist about affordable dentistry plans to help you afford the great results you can get to replace damaged teeth.