A dental crown can do both when the need arises for a tooth to be restored and protected. Even after a tooth has suffered extensive damage, a dental crown will protect it from further damage while providing the strength and functionality you need your tooth to have. While traditional porcelain bonded to metal crowns have dominated the dental market in recent years, ceramic and zirconia crowns are gaining popularity. If you are in the West Bend, Wisconsin area and are looking for a dental restoration that provides benefits that porcelain bonded to metal crowns cannot match, make an appointment with Dr. James Albrecht and the team at Albrecht Dentistry. Dr. Albrecht provides dental crown services to his patients.
Because dental technologies and treatments are constantly evolving, it can help to have a dentist who knows about these new treatments that you may not have heard about previously. Dr. Albrecht is happy to share some of the benefits you can expect from ceramic and zirconia dental crowns, which are worth considering.
When considering dental restorations, you always want a solution that provides durability and strength. This is especially true when it is your molars that are being restored. The pressure exerted as you chew means you need a restoration that can withstand this constant wear and tear. While traditional porcelain bonded to metal crowns do provide this, ceramic crowns are stronger. They are not prone to chips or cracks, allowing your teeth to do whatever they need. Currently, no stronger material is being used to create dental crowns.
Zirconia crowns can appear completely natural in the mouth. This appearance is one reason why zirconia crowns are often called ceramic crowns. The appearance of a zirconia crown is very similar to a porcelain bonded to metal crown and not metallic or silver.
Zirconia dental crowns are naturally white and can be polished to achieve that natural gloss and tint that match the surrounding natural teeth. A zirconia dental crown looks natural also because the metals in a zirconia crown are slightly translucent (similar to your tooth’s natural enamel). When you walk away with your zirconia dental crown, your smile will appear just as natural as it ever did!
This gentleman had old discolored bonding on his front right tooth. A new ceramic crown was placed to match the shape and color of his natural left tooth.
If you have ever received a porcelain bonded to metal crown in the past, you have a crown held in place by dental cement. This cement holds a crown in place pretty well, but if there was a form of a dental crown that could be physically AND chemically bonded to the tooth, wouldn’t that be a better solution? When you visit Dr. Albrecht for a ceramic or zirconia dental crown, you will get exactly that! We can bond these dental crowns to the tooth. This bonding creates an unmatched hold which will allow you to chew and put the necessary force on your crowned tooth. While porcelain bonded to metal crowns are more prone to come off due to the cement losing hold, you do not need to worry about this with a ceramic or zirconia crown. While no solution is infallible, the chance a bonded dental crown loosens from the tooth is very low.
One of the challenges with metal crowns is a cavity may spread undetected under the metal portion of the crown before it is ever detected. In this case, the crown must be removed before the tooth can be cleaned. This results in the crown being destroyed and must be replaced with a new crown.
X-rays can see under a ceramic crown, so the chance of a cavity going undetected is greatly reduced. It is another good reason why ceramic crowns are better than metal crowns.
The final benefit we will look at here is how a ceramic or zirconia crown along with bonding these crowns allows more of your natural tooth to be preserved. Therefore, when you choose a ceramic or zirconia dental crown, less of your tooth will need to be removed. This is due to the ability to securely bond ceramic and zirconia to your natural tooth.
If you need a dental crown in the West Bend, Wisconsin area, Dr. James Albrecht and the team at Albrecht Dentistry would love for you to drop in for an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call (262) 357-6622 today!