Porcelain vs. Zirconia Dental Crowns

September 30, 2019 8:00 am | Published by
Gray-haired woman wears a burgundy blouse and smiles with dental crowns

A dental crown can be a great solution to a broken or damaged tooth. Alternatively, multiple crowns can be used to totally refresh a smile. If you are a candidate for a dental crown, or crowns, read on to learn about the options we offer here at Optima Dental Spa.

What Is a Crown?

A dental crown is essentially a cap that fits right over a natural tooth. Crowns are custom-made with durability, comfort, and aesthetics in mind. This restoration aids in fixing a variety of issues, such as hiding a cracked, worn-down, or discolored tooth; restoring strength and function to a damaged tooth compromised by decay and/or infection; topping a dental implant; or anchoring a dental bridge.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns consist of a special ceramic that is durable and stain-resistant. It can be layered to create a natural look that matches the shade, shine, and translucence of neighboring teeth. Although realistic-looking and strong, they are not invincible and can chip.

Zirconia Crowns

We also offer zirconia crowns. Zirconia, sometimes referred to as “ceramic steel,” is incredibly strong. In fact, solid zirconia crowns are the strongest available material for crowns. This is a safe, nontoxic option that provides a long-lasting new tooth. It is unlikely to crack or break and can withstand immense pressure, which is a requirement for functional back molars. Although zirconia’s appearance does not mimic that of natural teeth quite like porcelain, a layer of porcelain can be added to help this restoration blend more seamlessly with your smile.

Crowns in Lake Oswego & Portland

If you have a problem that requires a crown, set up a visit and we’ll have your smile restored to full beauty and function in nearly no time. If you’re not sure which crown material is best for you, we can provide a further breakdown of the pros and cons of porcelain and zirconia. So come on in for a consultation and we’ll help you understand which is right your needs. Contact us today!


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