What Are Zirconia Crowns? A Strong and Durable Option.

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The next time you’re at your Gresham dental appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about zirconia crowns. 


A zirconia crown is a dental crown made from zirconia, a type of ceramic. Zirconia crowns are known for their strength and durability, and can be used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. 


Learn more about this dental crown option that’s growing in popularity.


Frequently Asked Questions about Zirconia Crowns

How long do zirconia crowns last?

Zirconia crowns can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. The lifespan of the crown can vary depending on the location of the tooth, the patient’s oral hygiene, and the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to. But well-kept, a zirconia crown might last 15 years.


Can zirconia crowns be used for all teeth?

Zirconia crowns can be used for both front and back teeth. They are especially suited for restoring molars due to their strength and durability. For front teeth, your Gresham dentist may recommend a different option.


Is it painful to get a zirconia crown?

Getting a zirconia crown should not be painful. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area before preparing the tooth and placing the crown. You may feel pressure during the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.


Can zirconia crowns be whitened?

Zirconia crowns don’t respond to teeth whitening treatments like traditional teeth do. If a patient wanted to change the color of their crown, they would need to have a new one made.


Pros and Cons of Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns offer several advantages over traditional crowns.


Zirconia crowns typically have a longer lifespan than other types of crowns that need to be replaced after a certain period. They are also biocompatible, meaning they will not cause an allergic reaction or irritation. 


Zirconia crowns often require less tooth reduction than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.  And cool science alert: zirconia crowns are radiopaque, meaning they show up well on X-rays. That makes it easier for dentists to detect any issues with the crown or the tooth underneath it.


On the other hand, zirconia crowns can be more expensive than traditional crowns. They can also be more difficult to adjust or repair if needed. 


How to Take Care of a Zirconia Crown

Dr. Archibald will help you take care of your zirconia crown by providing instructions, monitoring the crown during regular check-ups, and making necessary adjustments or repairs. Your Gresham dental offices can also recommend a night guard if you have a habit of grinding your teeth.

  1. Brush and floss regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles that can accumulate around the crown.
  2. Avoid biting hard objects: Zirconia crowns are strong and durable, but can still be damaged by biting down on something like ice or hard candy.
  3. Avoid excessive grinding or clenching: Grinding or clenching may cause the crown to crack or break. 
  4. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to ensure that your crown is in good condition and detect potential problems.
  5. Take care to avoid staining: Smoking or drinking coffee or tea can stain your crown. 


Getting Started with a Zirconia Crown

Zirconia crowns offer a variety of benefits for patients looking to restore cracked or damaged teeth. They are strong, biocompatible, and long-lasting, making them an excellent option for a durable and natural-looking restoration.

Dr. Archibald can provide personalized information and guidance to help you determine if zirconia crowns are suitable for you. Contact our Gresham dental offices today to make your appointment.