Difference Between Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns

Difference Between Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns

Teeth are one of the most critical parts of any creature that chews food, so it becomes crucial to take care of it.

And every beast takes care of their teeth in their way, and we humans should also do so. However, we need to be more careful as we eat so many harmful things to our teeth.

But, luckily, we have medical support, and today, I’ll be talking about one of the medical treatments of teeth crowns and especially Zirconia crowns. But, first, let’s understand the term dental crown.

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are caps that cover a tooth or a dental implant. Dentists often recommend crowns as a way to support weak, broken, or misshapen teeth. Dental crowns are also used in conjunction with bridges to strengthen multiple teeth.

When it comes to the materials that crowns are made of, it includes ceramic, Porcelain, Zirconia, metal, composite resin, and porcelain fused to metal.

All these materials have different durability, strength, and cost in which Zirconia is better strength and longer life than other materials.

What is Zirconia Crown?

As I already discussed, the dental crowns and Zirconia crowns are also dental caps made from Zirconium dioxide, a long-lasting metal type similar to Titanium.

There are two types of Zirconia. One is solid Zirconia, and another one is High translucent. It depends entirely on you which one you want to use.

  • Solid Zirconia:

Solid Zirconia has a very compact structure that makes it more robust than high translucent Zirconia. It can withstand chewing and bruxism forces better. It is opaque and more suited for posterior teeth.

  • High Translucent Zirconia:

High translucent Zirconia is not that tough, but it’s shinier than solid Zirconia, giving superior looks to the teeth. High translucent Zirconia crowns look exactly like natural teeth. It is suited for anterior teeth.

Zirconia crowns are among the most popular dental crowns, and there are many reasons for their popularity. Here are a few advantages of Zirconia Crowns.

Advantages of Zirconia Crown

  • Superior Look:

Zirconia is translucent in nature; thus, it mimics the translucency of natural teeth.

  • Biocompatibility:

Zirconium dioxide is a chemically non-reactive compound. Due to its non-reactive nature, it doesn’t react with anything present in your mouth or even if you swallow, and that makes it 100% biocompatible.

  • Strength

Zirconia is tough, and if you maintain it well, it can stay forever in the mouth.

Disadvantages Of Zirconia:

Every coin has two faces, and thus if Zirconia has benefits, it has some problems.

  • Appearance:

Solid Zirconia is opaque, and that’s why it doesn’t match the color of the natural color of teeth.

  • Bad of other teeth.

Zirconia is too hard, and it is indeed long-lasting, but it affects opposite teeth.

Alternate of Zirconia: Porcelain

Porcelain is an excellent alternative to Zirconia that is made of a particular type of clay. The clay is heated at 1200-1400 degrees Celsius temperature.

Due to its natural color and soft impact on other teeth, many dentists recommend Porcelain over Zirconia.

Difference Between porcelain and zirconia crowns:

  • Strength:

Zirconia is stronger than PorcelainPorcelain; that’s why it lasts longer while the durability of PorcelainPorcelain is lesser than Zirconia.

You cannot cut hard things with PorcelainPorcelain while you don’t have any restrictions with Zirconia.

  • Appearance:

Porcelain looks slightly more natural than solid Zirconia due to its translucency.

  • Requirement:

Porcelain isn’t that tough, and so it requires a metal base to fit on teeth while Zirconia is solid enough, so there is no need for any metal base to use Zirconia.

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