Zirconia Crowns and Bridges

Here at HappyDental in Dublin we have chosen to use Zirconia for our Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges. The reason is that the Zirconia is a more aesthetically pleasing finish when placed in the patients mouth and is a longer lasting material. We always put patient's needs first.

What is a Zirconia Crown or Bridge?

A Zirconia crown or bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a damaged or missing tooth. It is made from a material called zirconia, which is a type of ceramic that is known for its strength and durability. Zirconia crowns and bridges are popular in dentistry because they closely resemble natural teeth in terms of color and translucency.

Here's a simple breakdown:

Purpose: Used to restore a damaged tooth or replace a missing tooth.

Material: Made from zirconia, a strong and durable ceramic.

Appearance: Looks natural, matching the color and translucency of real teeth.

Strength: Known for its toughness, providing a reliable and long-lasting solution.

Procedure: The dentist takes impressions of your teeth, and a dental laboratory creates the custom-fit crown or bridge using zirconia.

Overall, Zirconia crowns and bridges are valued for their aesthetic appeal, strength, and biocompatibility, making them a popular choice in modern dentistry.

Frequently asked question

When would I need a Zirconia Crown or Bridge?

A Zirconia crown or bridge may be recommended by your dentist in various situations, including:

  1. Tooth Damage: If you have a tooth that is significantly damaged due to decay, trauma, or other reasons, a Zirconia crown can be used to restore its shape, strength, and function.
  2. Fractured Tooth: In cases where a tooth is fractured or has a large filling that needs replacement, a Zirconia crown provides a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution.
  3. Root Canal Treatment: After a root canal procedure, the tooth may become more brittle. A Zirconia crown can be placed over the treated tooth to protect it and restore its strength.
  4. Cosmetic Enhancement: Zirconia crowns are often used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth, enhancing your smile.
  5. Replacement of Missing Teeth: In the case of a missing tooth or teeth, a Zirconia bridge may be recommended. This involves placing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap and attaching an artificial tooth (pontic) to bridge the space.
  6. Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Protection: Zirconia is a durable material, making it suitable for individuals who grind their teeth (bruxism). The crown can withstand the forces associated with teeth grinding.

A Zirconia Crown is better for me why?

The decision to recommend a Zirconia crown is based on several factors, and whether it’s “better” for you depends on your individual needs and circumstances. Here are some reasons why a dentist might recommend a Zirconia crown:

  1. Strength and Durability: Zirconia is known for its high strength and durability. This makes it a suitable choice for restoring teeth that undergo significant biting forces, and it can withstand the daily wear and tear.
  2. Aesthetic Appearance: Zirconia closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth in terms of color and translucency. If you’re looking for a restoration that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth, Zirconia provides a more aesthetically pleasing option.
  3. Biocompatibility: Zirconia is biocompatible, meaning it is generally well-tolerated by the body. This reduces the risk of allergic reactions or adverse responses to the material.
  4. Minimally Invasive Preparation: Zirconia crowns often require less tooth reduction during the preparation process compared to some other materials. This means that more of your natural tooth structure can be preserved.
  5. Resistance to Wear and Corrosion: Zirconia is resistant to wear and corrosion, providing a long-lasting solution for dental restorations.
  6. Bruxism Management: If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), Zirconia’s strength makes it a suitable choice for resisting the forces associated with this condition.

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