In the realm of cosmetic dentistry, there have been a lot of advancements in practices and procedures that can help us achieve a superior level of aesthetic quality. One such practice is the use of high-tech ceramics to bring our patients smiles to life. These ceramic materials are considered bio-compatible or biocompatible meaning they have a low risk for being rejected by the body.
Zirconia silicate is one type of tooth material that has been made available in recent years which shows great promise for both function and esthetics to match its contemporary counterparts. Replacing traditional porcelain, zirconia teeth give you very similar aesthetic appeal without giving up any physical strength or resilience.
Zirconia crowns provide natural looking translucency that is very similar to the enamel of natural teeth with impressive durability. This article will discuss some commonly asked questions about zirconia crowns and zirconia teeth in general.
What Are Zirconia Crowns?
Zirconia crowns are tooth-shaped restorations, usually made from a translucent ceramic material called “zirconia,”. The use of this material has been on the rise since the mid 90’s. It has a natural color and texture that give it great aesthetic appeal. Zirconia crowns tend to be more expensive than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns but they are popular because of how natural-looking they are.
Are Zirconia Crowns Safe?
The zirconia that comprises crowns is entirely safe and nontoxic so you can have peace of mind that your overall health is not in danger!
Do Zirconia Crowns and Bridges Look Natural?
Zirconia looks similar to the enamel of a natural tooth but is shinier; it can’t be stained or altered with permanent dental colorants and needs to be made in the appropriate shade. The good news is that there are more options available for white-colored crowns than ever before. Consult your dentist about all your options.
How Long Will My Zirconia Crown Last?
Zirconia crowns can last indefinitely. And, unlike amalgam fillings, zirconia doesn’t contain any mercury which might leak out over time, causing damage to surrounding tissues or organs. The only thing that causes zirconia to not last forever is normal wear-and-tear or damage, such as fracture and gum recession.
Zirconia crowns can last up to 15 years.
What Should I Expect During My Appointment for a Zirconia Restoration?
If you’re having a new restoration placed on an existing tooth, your dentist will remove a small amount of your tooth structure, leaving a space where the new restoration will be placed. The dentist will take impressions and send them to a dental lab for analysis. A temporary will be made while you wait for the real restoration to come back from the lab. The color and texture of the final crown is determined by what kind of look you want, as well as how strong it needs to be. They’re meant to blend in with your natural teeth, so that you have a beautiful, bright smile!
What Can I Do to Keep My Zirconia Crown Healthy?
You should brush twice a day and floss once every day to keep your zirconia crown healthy. Also avoid highly acidic foods like citrus juice, vinegar, or tomatoes to help prevent damage to the tooth beneath your crown.
Discover all the ways that zirconia teeth can help enhance the beauty and function of your smile. Contact Beyond Dentistry Laser Center in Brooklyn today to schedule a free consultation!