When someone has decaying, missing, or broken teeth, quality dental restorations can improve the appearance and functionality of their natural tooth. There are a variety of restorations dentists can choose from depending on the oral health of the patient and purpose of the restoration.
An increasing number of dentists are choosing monolithic zirconia crowns over traditional options like full-gold crowns, lithium disilicate crowns, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns. Why is that? Let’s find out.
What Are Zirconia Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Zirconia restorations entered the market in the early 2000s and quickly overtook it because of their superior strength. At the time, they didn’t have much advantage in terms of aesthetics, but that has changed over the last few years thanks to advances in technology. Today, if you want a stable crown or bridge that lasts for decades and looks like the surrounding natural teeth, then zirconia is your best option.
A zirconia crown is a popular alternative to metal crowns because a) the digital production workflow creates a more accurate restoration, and b) full-contour zirconia crowns are much more affordable than crowns made from precious metals. Solid zirconia is also resistant to fatigue and possesses immense mechanical strength.
And since zirconia is extremely biocompatible, it is ideal for your patients who are allergic to metals or materials used in traditional options like a porcelain crown.
Why Choose Zirconia Dental Crowns
Zirconia crowns not only have greater benefits for your patients, but they also reduce your workload due to their accurate fit.
Easy to Customize
While zirconia restorations are not one-size-fits-all, their processing requirements and chemical composition is perfect for your patients’ needs. There is little to no error due to the use of CAD/CAM technology so you know you are always going to get a precise fit. You will have to spend less time cementing or adjusting the restoration at your dental office, which can reduce the dental crowns cost.
No Risk of Allergies
As mentioned above, zirconia crowns are unbeatable when it comes to biocompatibility. For patients who are allergic to other restoration materials, this provides a great solution. It is also metal-free, so there is no risk of darkening in the gingival area. Additionally, zirconia has a smooth surface so it prevents the accumulation of plaque.
Zirconia can be manufactured in pretty much any shade you want to match the color of your patients’ natural teeth.
Also, these crowns don’t transmit the cold/hot temperatures the way traditional materials do, so patients don’t feel any discomfort while eating cold or hot foods. The lower dental crown cost of zirconia makes it even better.
Resistant to Stains
If your patient is looking for crowns for their dental implants that won’t stick out when they are smiling, the anti-stain properties of high-translucent zirconia make it a perfect option. It can resist stains from nicotine, wine, tea, and coffee, but you may need to adjust the color over time.
Ready To Try Precision Zirconia Dental Restorations? Send Us A Case Today
Here at Trident Dental Laboratories, we help dental professionals get the supplies they need on time, regardless of how small or large their practice is. We manufacture quality zirconia restorations using CAD/CAM technology that offers the following benefits:
- Less chair-side time for seating and bonding the restoration.
- Less chair-side time means your practice can operate more efficiently and smoothly.
- Better patient experience due to little or no chair-side adjustments.
To learn how you can get started with our dental lab, send us a message here.