Which is Better Zirconia Vs Porcelain

If you have a tooth that is worn down, cracked, or chipped, your dentist will most likely recommend a dental crown to protect it. A crown will help to maintain the size, strength, shape, and appearance of your tooth and will be made from one or a combination of various materials, with zirconia being a popular choice. When deciding on the right material for you, take into account a variety of factors such as the visibility of the tooth, the cost, the strength, and the appearance.

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Advantages of Zirconia Crown

  • One of the most significant benefits of zirconia is its strength and durability. Consider how much force your back teeth apply to the food you’re chewing. Zirconia may be a good choice for crowns in the back of your mouth because it is a strong material. Furthermore, because zirconia is so strong, your dentist will not have to prepare your tooth as much.
  • There are numerous ways zirconia can be manufactured to meet the needs of the patient due to a variety of factors such as chemical composition and processing requirements. This personalization reduces the margin for error and ensures a perfect fit for each individual.
  • Zirconia is suitable for patients who are allergic to metals or prefer metal-free treatments.
  • Because zirconia is free of metals, it prevents discoloration around the gingival area. This eliminates the possibility of exposed metal margins due to gum recession.
  • The use of computer-aided design and manufacturing procedures ensures a precise fit for patients, minimizing the amount of time spent in the chair altering and cementing these restorations.
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Full Mouth Zirconia Crown

Disadvantages of Zirconia Crown

Zirconia crowns have only minor drawbacks. Because of the material’s hardness, some people are concerned about friction against the tooth root and wear on opposing teeth. Regular check-ups, on the other hand, can help to limit the risk of harming opposing teeth. Only bone-white substructures could be made for zirconia crowns at first, which could cause issues with achieving an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Newer materials, on the other hand, are pre-shaded and can be produced to provide extremely cosmetic and naturally-perfect restorations with minimum tooth loss, surpassing or even exceeding patient expectations for high-quality work! At the moment, the demand for zirconia considerably outnumbers the demand for PFMs, and older-style restorations are becoming obsolete.

Porcelain Crowns Pros and Cons

Another sort of material that can be used for crowns is porcelain. First and foremost, this sort of material can be easily matched to the patient’s real teeth. The contrast between silver and gold crowns is striking. Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, tend to blend in with the rest of the mouth’s teeth, even when patients open their mouths wide. Another significant advantage of porcelain crowns is that they are less expensive than other materials for tooth restoration. Silver and gold crowns are costly and, as a result, beyond of reach for many patients. Porcelain crowns are a popular choice among our patients at Green Tree Dental because they’re affordable, long-lasting, and provide the greatest aesthetic outcomes.

Porcelain crowns are known to endure 10 years or longer in terms of durability. This, of course, is dependent on the patient. Crowns can last a lifetime for some patients and never need to be replaced. In cases when teeth grinding is an issue, the dentist may recommend a more robust material, however, most patients report that porcelain provides good durability.

Disadvantages of Porcelain Crowns

  • Porcelain can be susceptible to shocks and can be chipped or cracked by forceful chewing and biting. Porcelain may represent a “good news, bad news” scenario for front teeth. While they look nice, porcelain crowns can be more difficult to maintain; mouth guards are recommended for anyone who participates in sports, and anyone with a porcelain crown should be cautious when biting into certain foods.
  • More of the natural tooth structure is often ground away to make the porcelain as thick as possible, ensuring that the crown is highly durable. The crown itself is heavier, but the added size and meticulous preparation necessitate even more precision, and porcelain crowns are often more expensive than other forms.
  • Similarly, increased sensitivity to warmth and cold can occur as more of the original tooth material is eliminated. Hypersensitivity is uncomfortable, and temperature extremes can sometimes damage the crown, which can lead to tooth damage.
  • Proper and perfect fitting is essential, but this should not be a concern if you work with a reputable and skilled dental practitioner.