Shall we choose a zirconium or metal-ceramic replacement?
When making fixed replacements (crown, bridge), the first step is to choose the material of which the replacement is to be made. As a layman, it can often be difficult to choose, although the decision is important as these replacements are made for 10-15 years. Of course, our dentist will help you to make the right decision and will give you as much information as possible about the advantages and possible disadvantages of each material. Let’s look at what these features are.
Without a doubt, zirconium restorations are the best way to approximate the original appearance of the teeth. Crowns and bridges made of this material can best reproduce the translucency, colour, refraction and aesthetics of our own teeth. Another great advantage is that patients with metal allergies can choose them with confidence. The zirconia crown vase is tooth-coloured, and the porcelain is covered by firing. The material thickness is thinner than metal-ceramic, so less removal of the tooth material is required when polishing.
Overall, zirconium is a good choice for patients who are metal sensitive/allergic and for whom aesthetics is an important factor. Zirconium restorations are a long-lasting solution to restore the aesthetics and the function of our teeth. It eliminates the discolouration of the gumline that can occur with metal-ceramic restorations. The fabrication of metal-ceramic crowns and bridges can be a good and economical choice if you want to treat teeth in the posterior region.