What is a Crown?
The tooth structure is filed down minimally from the surface, approximately 1-2 mm or less. A crown is fitted on the abraded tooth area. It imitates a natural and beautiful tooth shape and creates wonderful results in terms of colour and shape. It provides an excellent solution for some aesthetic defects such as discoloured, cracked or broken teeth, misshapen teeth position as well as some chewing problems.There are 2 different main type of crowns;
- With metal-fused
- Without metal-fused
Zirconium is a white coloured substance for tooth making. In Zirconium treatment, there is no need to use metal to support the crown inside. Zirconium is transformed into zirconia ceramic in special furnaces instead of its pure mineral form. Zirconium crowns are from the group of non-metals supported crowns, and offers more natural appearance compared to old school versions of the crowns such as metal-fused porcelain crowns.
Will I feel pain during the procedure?
Filing down procedure is performed under the local anaesthesia. Afterwards, tooth-coloured temporary crowns are inserted, hot or cold sensitivity is prevented. Although very few people experience a slight tingling sensation, in general the process is completed without a problem.
How long will the treatment result?
The treatment is completed within 5-7 days for the people with unproblematic gums. There can be a need for more than one fitting appointment depending on the patient’s and dentist satisfaction.
What will I experience during the procedure?
First the teeth are filed down by 1-2 mm more or less. Then measurements are taken and, in the laboratory, according to the patient’s wish and the state of the teeth, new crowns are created with Zirconium material in the most desired colour. At the final stage, it is fully adapted to the tooth with final check and cemented. Patients can use it without feeling any different than the natural teeth.
What are the advantages of Zirconium Crowns?
The light transmittance of Zirconium Crown is higher than metal fused porcelain crown. It doesn’t create dark colour and you won’t encounter problems such as black colour reflection from the gum line which may be the case with the metal fused porcelain crowns in time.
In addition, the light transmission feature of Zirconium Crown eliminates the fake appearance, and a healthier, more transparent and more natural appearance is obtained thanks to the teeth getting the closest appearance to their original form. So, zirconium crowns are bio-compatible with human body. They are non-allergic. So, you can get your crowns without any doubt. Zirconium crown is an ideal type of dental treatment for patients with white colour request. People who use Zirconium Crowns do not have sensitivity to hot or cold. In addition, it is stronger than metal fused porcelain crowns.
What are the reasons why Zirconium Crowns are preferred?
In cases of advanced colour changes which do not give results with bleaching methods, when the orthodontic treatment method doesn’t give satisfactory results, when the teeth that are discrete or slightly cracked, the old fillings with deformed structures are present, in case the restoration is needed for the teeth when excessively abraded, Zirconium is preferred to give more aesthetic and quick results.
What are the aesthetically pleasing advantages of Zirconium Crowns?
Metal which is the substructure of classical porcelain crowns, creates an opaque appearance on teeth to appear lifeless and artificial. This is prevented by Zirconium.
Does the Zirconium Crown cause a change in taste or odour in the mouth?
Its content is not metal, it is not possible t change the taste or cause odour.
Will Zirconium Crowns change colour in the future?
Due to the smooth and slippery surface, there will not be plaque accumulation. For this reason, it is not affected by coloured food such as coffee, tea and cigarettes. Its colour always stays as applied.
How to care for Zirconium Crowns?
Just like our natural teeth, crowns should be brushed twice a day and flossed once a day. If desired, mouth shower can be used. With regular check-ups in every 6 months, problem that may occur in the future are prevented.
How long can Zirconium Crowns be used?
If the regular check-ups are done in every 6 months and regular oral hygiene is provided, they can be used for many years. Inside of the crowns there are teeth which are still alive. If anything happens in the roots, the life of the crowns may be shortened. As long as the roots are healthy, crowns can be used for many years.
Who can have Zirconium Crown Treatment?
Zirconium crowns can be applied at any age, following eruption of permanent teeth. However, in the period of development till the age of 18-20 , a space between the teeth can be observed as a result of the enlargement of the chin.