Zirconia, or cubic zirconia, is the crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. The stone in its pristine form is optically flawless like a diamond and is usually colourless unless manufactured for the specific needs of an accessory. It is a widely used stone amongst jewellery makers as an alternative to diamonds, ranking 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Its durability, low cost and resemblance to a sparkling diamond makes it an economical competitor in the jewellery industry.
Many fine jewellery brands, create their cubic zirconia stones in a lab to match the dazzle of a diamond. In fact, it has been a customer favourite for the longest time. Despite its reputation as a diamond substitute, many brands market their zirconia jewellery as treasures in their own right.
But what exactly does zirconia do for your teeth?
Diamonds in Your Mouth
Although jewellers and dental crown manufacturers have different treatments for the material, zirconia crowns are almost flawless for use as dental crowns.
Zirconium is a rising preference for dental crowns because of their extraordinarily tough and crystalline qualities that can withstand high levels of wear and tear. Dentists turn zirconium oxide into a powdered metal used to create the zirconia crowns you wear today. Crowns are caps that cover stained, chipped, dented or broken teeth and zirconia is a perfect material for these applications. It resists high temperatures, relieving patients of hypersensitivity when they eat hot or cold food.
Patients are often afraid to have dental crowns done because of the potential pain and the dreadful wait for the procedure. Fitting in zirconia crowns, however, is an easy task.
Patients who have zirconia crowns require less tooth removal and no metal fuses from steel crowns. Zirconia crowns need less removal of your enamel; hence, keeping more of the natural tooth structure intact. All dentists will do is slightly shave down the damaged parts of your teeth, and the crowns will take up the rest of the space.
By the Looks of It
What draws both dentists and patients to zirconia crowns is their aesthetic quality.
Both gold and steel crowns are known to be very visible on the teeth once attached. How zirconia crowns differ is their translucent and light-reflecting finish that mimics human teeth, giving the front teeth crowns a natural look. They combine the strength of a metal crown and the natural appearance of a porcelain crown. Just like in jewellery, zirconia crowns are modifiable in shape, size and colour for a subtle restorative treatment. It may be hard to tell zirconia crowns and natural teeth apart.
The Body Speaks
Since zirconia has been used for artificial joints such as hip replacements since the 1970s, dental professionals have known that zirconia is highly biocompatible with our biochemistry, making the procedure very convenient for patients. This biocompatibility allows zirconia to fit in with the body to reduce the risks of allergic reactions or infections. In addition, unlike other restorative treatments, zirconia crowns may also prevent the greying of the gums.
Zirconia is an excellent dental crown material for the young and old. For a comprehensive zirconia crown treatment, visit Castle Ceramics today and schedule an appointment with us.