Dental crowns are a standard procedure for dental restorations. When it comes to types of crowns, there are many materials to choose from. Still, zirconia is growing in popularity because it is strong, durable, conservative, and looks natural.
If you are considering getting dental crowns, ask your Alhambra dentist about zirconia crowns. At Evergreen Dental Care, zirconia has been a recommended option for many of our patients, and they have seen very successful results.
Zirconia is able to replicate the missing portions of the tooth lost to trauma or large cavities due to its exceptional compressive strength. Unlike traditional crowns which require the removal of an entire outer layer of enamel for fitting, zirconia can replace the missing tooth in its specific shape and size while leaving the rest of the good enamel alone–a dream of modern conservative dentistry!
Zirconia is a ceramic used in many industries, such as aerospace and engineering because it is resistant to breakage. It is also used in other medical sectors, specifically orthopedics, which manufactures joint replacements and artificial hips.
With zirconia-based crowns, patients can bite and chew as they normally would. The crowns can withstand the forces of grinding and clenching, which is good news for patients who suffer from bruxism (patients who grind their teeth). Dentists often choose zirconia to replace the teeth in the back of the mouth, where chewing forces are most intense. However, zirconia tooth restoration can be used for any tooth.
Zirconia crowns are made from a block of zirconia that is milled into the shape of a tooth. They are then stained and glazed to match the color of your natural teeth and are translucent, allowing light to pass through them. As a result, they blend perfectly with a patient’s natural teeth.
Another added benefit is that zirconia crowns are non-porous, which means they are sealed and smooth, not allowing air or liquids to penetrate the surface. Therefore, zirconia crowns are highly resistant to staining and discoloration and will always look natural and bright.
Tooth decay is among the most common issues that dentists encounter. It happens when bacteria in plaque (a sticky film on your teeth) convert sugars into acids and eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities. If tooth decay is not treated, it can lead to infection, tooth loss, and in extreme cases, death.
Treating damaged and infected teeth have customarily been done through metal-based crowns. However, metal not only looks unsightly, which most patients understandably don’t prefer, but it can also be a significant issue for patients with allergic reactions. Choosing zirconium means choosing a metal-free crown that will not cause additional health problems down the line.
Zirconia’s biocompatibility has been studied for over two decades. Zirconia is not only biocompatible with human tissue, but it actually promotes cell growth. Zirconia’s non-toxic, inert properties make it ideal for use in dental crowns and make it less likely to cause allergic reactions in patients.
And as mentioned before, zirconia’s non-porous characteristics also mean they do not absorb bacteria and other harmful substances. For this reason, zirconia is a holistic and natural approach to dental crown procedures.
Zirconia crowns are an excellent choice for patients who want a durable, natural-looking, and biocompatible dental crown. At Evergreen Dental Care, we are happy to offer Zirconia crowns to our patients.
If you are interested in Zirconia crowns, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Evergreen Dental Care
937 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801