Zirconia dental crowns shine to restore damaged teeth to their natural and healthy structure and appearance
Led by Dr. James Maxwell, our team at Crestwood Dental Group in St. Louis, Missouri, has invested in a range of advanced technologies and training on the latest techniques that modern dentistry has to offer. These investments provide real value to our patients; they facilitate the most comfortable and convenient experience, as well as satisfaction with the final results.
Zirconia presents one of the newer-generation dental materials that may be prepared and applied to rebuild a damaged tooth. It is used for a variety of restorative treatments, including dental crowns. All crowns are largely metal and/or ceramic materials designed, shaped, and bonded to the natural prepared tooth structure. In doing so, the crown functions like a “protective cap” to support the decayed, fractured, or otherwise damaged tooth. Zirconia crowns support both the structure of the tooth and its attractive appearance and healthy function.
Dr. Maxwell may also recommend a crown to:
- Replace a big or worn-down filling
- Provide a more structurally sound alternative to large fillings
- Cover up irregularly-shaped teeth
- Disguise teeth with discoloration that does not respond well to whitening treatment
- Replace a tooth with a dental bridge or implant
A type of zirconium oxide ceramic, zirconia offers many advantages over other metals and ceramics, which may be used to build a portion of a tooth:
- Since it is “monolithic” (unaltered or not made with added materials), zirconia is considered a highly durable option for dental restorations that undergo significant wear and tear from grinding down food and other functions.
- It “wears” very well and is not prone to erosion or damage to surrounding teeth that occurs with some other materials. Some dental materials tend to rub up against surrounding teeth, contributing to enamel erosion.
- Zirconia is highly compatible with surrounding natural tissues.
- As compared to other ceramics and non-metal composites, zirconia shines! It is more resistant to chips and cracks, and since it is so strong and stiff, it can withstand considerable pressure placed on it from behaviors like breaking down food.
- Zirconia crowns may be appropriate for many different types of teeth. Instead, some alternative dental materials are best for back teeth or teeth in the “smile zone,” as they may be known for a highly aesthetic appearance or strength but not both attributes.
- Zirconia provides the best of both worlds due to its renowned brawn. But it is also a beauty. Dr. Maxwell uses specialized techniques to ensure the crowned tooth blends in seamlessly with the rest of the smile and is indistinguishable from healthy natural teeth.
Worth every penny
For these and other reasons, zirconia is a wonderful investment in the beauty and health of your smile. And, since healthy function and aesthetics are so important to the “rest of you,” a zirconia crown also supports your wellbeing over the long term.
With that being said, Crestwood Dental Group understands that cost is an important consideration when evaluating your options for treatment. Financial concerns should never stand in the way of the best choice for your smile. So, we have experience navigating the insurance process and accept many traditional plans. For patients with out-of-pocket expenses or who do not have dental insurance, we are a proud provider of CareCredit® financing.
Do not wait for damage to arise and to interfere with your life. Call us today at (314) 463-5655 to schedule your appointment. Or, conveniently request an appointment at the tab on this website. Remember: It is less costly, less traumatic, and less time-consuming to maintain a healthy, stunning smile rather than to restore it with crowns or other dental services.
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