When you need a dental crown, you'll likely want one that is both strong and long-lasting. One of the newer crown materials on the market is zirconium. Like any dental material, it has its pros and cons. However, zirconium has more benefits than downsides. Here are the upsides and downsides of zirconium crowns.
Zirconium crowns have many advantages that most people find pleasing. In addition to the attributes listed below, they can sometimes be made in your dentist's office in one day. Here are some of the biggest advantages of zirconium fillings.
Unlike porcelain fillings, there's no metal used to make zirconium fillings. That means no visible metal line if your gum recedes. Plus, they are especially beneficial if you have a metal allergy.
Less Tooth Shaving
Because zirconium is so strong, you can get away with a thinner, lighter crown. That means less shaving down of your natural tooth to get the crown to fit.
Zirconium is made of a very strong crystal that is difficult to crack and break. These crowns are especially ideal for your molars, especially if you need more than one.
Zirconium is less likely to cause an immune or inflammation reaction. You are less likely to experience discomfort or rejection. Also, its smooth surface resists plaque.
The disadvantages of zirconium dental crowns are very few, but they are important to know in order to make an informed choice.
Zirconium crowns cost more than traditional crowns, and insurance may not cover them. However, the cost may be offset by their durability and longevity.
Difficulty in Matching Color
While these crowns look very natural, the opaque version may be difficult to match your natural color. However, recent innovations have improved the ability to match your shade. In some cases, you can have a more translucent crown that looks more visibly appealing.
Adverse Effect on Opposing Tooth
Because zirconium crowns are so hard, there is a chance that you could crack or chip the tooth above or below it. However, you have a similar risk from porcelain crowns. Some studies suggest that this effect is minimal in most cases.
When you need a crown, your dentist will go over your options, so you can get a result you are satisfied with. No matter what type of crown you choose, proper care goes a long way to how your crown looks and lasts. Talk to your dentist about what to expect and how to care for your new crown, whether you get a zirconium crown or a more traditional porcelain one.