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Zirconium Crowns

Zirconium crowns have become a popular option in cosmetic dentistry in recent years. These crowns are preferred especially for enhancing the aesthetic appearance, correcting the colour, size, or shape of teeth. Zirconium, as a non-metallic alternative, offers a more biocompatible and long-lasting solution compared to metal and ceramic restorations.

Advantages of Zirconium Crowns

Zirconium crowns offer several advantages in addition to providing a natural look:

  • Durability and Longevity: Thanks to their high durability, zirconium crowns can be used for many years. On average, they can be comfortably utilised for 6-8 years, but this period can be extended further with proper oral hygiene.
  • Natural Appearance: Their ability to transmit light ensures colour compatibility with natural teeth, resulting in an aesthetic appearance.
  • Biocompatibility: They are compatible with the human body and do not cause allergic reactions.
  • Colour Stability: Zirconium crowns do not change colour over time; discolorations due to the consumption of tea and coffee can be eliminated by repolishing the surface.

Application Process

The zirconium crown fitting process involves several stages:

  • Tooth Preparation: The dentist removes a certain amount of enamel from the tooth to be crowned.
  • Temporary Crown: A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth.
  • Impression Taking and Crown Preparation: After preparation, an impression is taken, and the zirconium crown is prepared in the laboratory based on this impression.
  • Application: The prepared crown is applied to the tooth using special adhesives.

Suitability

Zirconium crowns can be used in various situations:

  • For those who cannot achieve the desired result from teeth whitening procedures,
  • In cases where spaced or broken teeth need to be corrected,
  • When aesthetic improvements are desired on the front teeth,
  • In situations where orthodontics is not preferred for straightening crooked teeth.

Care and Lifespan

The lifespan of zirconium crowns is directly proportional to the patient’s oral hygiene. With regular tooth brushing, the use of dental floss, and regular dental check-ups, these crowns can maintain their durability for years.

Risks and Complications

As with any dental treatment, there are minimal risks associated with the application of zirconium veneers. These risks include tooth sensitivity, the veneer coming off, or breaking. However, these risks can be minimised with correct application and follow-up by an experienced dentist.

Zirconium veneers are a popular option in cosmetic dentistry, enabling individuals to have a more confident and aesthetic smile. Before making a treatment decision, it is important to discuss the potential advantages, risks, and your expectations in detail with your dentist. This process will help you make an informed decision that suits your personal needs and goals.

FAQ's

Zirconium crowns are a type of dental crown used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance and functionality of teeth. They are made from zirconium dioxide, a durable and biocompatible material that offers a natural look, matching the colour and translucency of real teeth. These crowns are preferred for their strength, longevity, and aesthetic appeal, making them an excellent choice for front and back teeth restorations.

Zirconium crowns typically last between 6 to 8 years, but with proper oral hygiene and care, their lifespan can extend much further. Factors such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups play a crucial role in maintaining their condition and can help them last for many years without needing replacement.

Zirconium crowns are suitable for a wide range of dental restoration needs, including improving the appearance of discoloured, broken, or misshapen teeth, and for patients seeking a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution. However, the suitability can vary based on individual oral health conditions, so it’s essential to consult with a dentist to determine if zirconium crowns are the best option for your specific needs.

Zirconium crowns offer several advantages over other types of dental crowns. They provide a more natural appearance due to their translucency and colour matching capabilities. They are highly durable, resistant to wear, and biocompatible, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. Additionally, zirconium crowns do not corrode and have excellent thermal insulation properties, which minimizes sensitivity to hot and cold.

The process of getting zirconium crowns typically involves a few steps:

  1. Tooth Preparation: The dentist will prepare the tooth by reshaping it to ensure a proper fit for the crown.
  2. Temporary Crown: A temporary crown may be placed to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
  3. Impression Taking: An impression of the prepared tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the zirconium crown is custom-made.
  4. Crown Fitting: Once the zirconium crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted, if necessary, and then cemented into place.

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