What Are Zirconium Crowns?
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Unlike normal crowns, Zirconium crowns are made from Zirconia (or Zirconium Oxide) which is an extremely strong and hard natural mineral. It’s natural state is far harder and more durable than a natural tooth, and makes it the perfect material for creating hard wearing dental crowns. It won’t wear or decay like some other materials, and it can still be shaped to accommodate even the most bizarrely shaped teeth.
Traditionally, a crown needs to be supported and strengthened with a metal core within the tooth. This is so that they are able to withstand the pressure they will encounter in everyday life – like chewing or grinding. However this can sometimes cause some cosmetic problems – as the natural tooth is translucent, whereas the metal core is solid – so you end up with a solid line in your tooth. But a Zirconium crown doesn’t need this support, and is indistinguishable from the natural teeth, even close up.
Zirconium crowns are perfect when they are fitted alongside dental implants. While creating your implant we will fit a zirconium abutment to fix the crown onto the tooth – resulting in a new tooth that looks and performs even better than your natural teeth – and will never decay!
Uses of Zirconium Crowns
To Cap Worn Teeth
Over the course of your life your natural teeth with become worn down and loose some height. This is usually harmless, but can sometimes cause difficulties and discomfort for the joint between the upper and lower jaw bones. This is usually indicated by a clicking sensation in the jaw.
To Replace Misshapen Teeth
Aesthetic issues like crooked, twisted, oddly positioned teeth or large gaps can all be corrected with the placement of a new Zirconium crown. The procedure for this is simple – usually requiring no more than some reshaping of the natural tooth that it acts as a locating post for the crown to rest on. In more severe cases a more complicated procedure might be required. This involves the natural tooth being cut off at the gum line, the root hollowed out and a new Zirconium post cemented into place, which allows a solid foundation for the crown. This is also known as a ‘post & core’ build up
To Overcome Bruxism
Bruxism is a term used to describe the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth – often at night. This grinding can be highly destructive for your teeth – usually leaving them severely worn, chipped or broken as a result. It can also cause prolonged jaw, neck and head pain. Zirconium crowns can be used as part of the treatment for this condition, to help protect the teeth from damage. This is knows as a ‘Prettau’
How Are Zirconium Crowns Made & Fitted?
Before the crown is fitted we need to first carry out any preparatory work on the teeth. This can range from fitting new implants down to a simple file and shape of the natural teeth. We then take a comprehensive scan of your mouth, and using special software we are able to make a 3D model, which we use to make your ideal crowns.
Once we have an image and a basic crown, we make a test crown from acrylic to test for size and comfort. We fit the acrylic crown to your teeth and make any necessary adjustments before we make the crowns from Zirconium Oxide pellets. The crowns are then prepared thoroughly before the final fitting phase.
How Long Will The Whole Thing Take?
We generally recommend that patients plan to arrive in Hungary for the procedure on a Sunday. We can then have all work done and make sure you are ready to fly home with your new smile on the Friday afternoon/evening.
How Much Do They Cost?
Each Zirconium crown costs only £380 – which is much less than you would pay for an old style metal of ceramic crown back home. The fitting of a ‘Prettau’ needs slightly more work and costs £399 each instead.
To get more information about Zirconium and the regular crowns or you would like to get a personal quotation please contact us HERE!