What Is A Zirconia Crown?
Restorative dentistry can do incredible things for people who are suffering from weak, broken, or damaged teeth. Through the magic of restorations like dental crowns, these patients can get their beautiful smiles back, as well as restore functionality to their teeth that enable them to enjoy all their favorite foods again. Zirconia crowns are a great new addition to the dental crown family, an incredibly durable material that provides another option for correcting alignment issues, restoring damage, and improving the shape and appearance of your teeth.
Why Should I Get Zirconia Crowns?
Zirconia is a member of the titanium family, being classified as a group 4 element with a composition that is a white crystal oxide form of the material known as zirconium. No other dental restoration material provides the durability and resilience of zirconia while retaining an appearance that is close to that of your natural tooth enamel. Zirconia has a reputation for strength that is well earned thanks to its use in hip, finger, and knee replacements. Thanks to it sharing traits with titanium it also has the benefit of not producing allergic reactions or being subject to risk of rejection as it doesn’t react with living tissue. As if there weren’t already enough reasons to go with a Zirconium Crown, they also are the most expedient and convenient of the restoration options since your dentist can make them righ tin their office. No more will you have to have a visit for fitting, and another weeks later while you wait for the restoration to be produced by an external lab.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Zirconia Crowns?
The first issue that most patients run into is cost. Zirconia crowns aren’t as affordable in the short term as other forms of restoration, but their durability and reliability ensure that they last a lifetime. Repairs of zirconia crowns are infrequently necessary, though they do make it more difficult to identify decay underneath the cap and that can result in the need for a removal while repair work is done. Their strength does come with something of a drawback, however. Zirconia is significantly more durable than your natural enamel, and that can cause additional wear and damage to adjacent teeth. While zirconia does bear a resemblance to your natural enamel, the difference is significant enough that most patients opt not to use it for the most visible teeth. Research and development is currently aimed at making zirconia even more like your natural teeth so this may soon be a thing of the past.
These crowns combine the best of all the crowns into one package, appearance, durability, and (in the long run) affordability. Some insurance companies may not cover the cost of these crowns due to their additional cost, but in some cases they can be covered if deemed medically necessary. Patients looking to invest in dental crowns should pick up the phone and contact the Kent Dental Clinic in Ottawa, ON today. Dr. Haysam Shaaban and his team of professionals have been working hard to help patients like you live a full life with the best of restorations, so call for a consultation today.