Dental restorations can repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth, improving a patient's dental functionality and appearance. Some of the most commonly used restorations include dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. In the past, patients did not have a choice of materials for their dental restorations; the only options were metal alloys. Today, dental restorations are made out of materials that offer many practical and aesthetic advantages over conventional alternatives. When comparing zirconia versus porcelain restorations,we find that zirconia restorations are superior in terms of durability and appearance.
Zirconia dental restorations are made of safe, biocompatible materials. They have an extremely high flexural and tensile strength, and the non-porous design is resistant to chipping, cracking, and staining. The restorations have a smooth exterior, which prevents abrasion to surrounding teeth and gum tissue.
Zirconia can be used in many types of dental restorations, including:
(1)Inlays and onlays: These restorations are used to replace damaged areas of the biting surfaces of the molars.
(2)Dental crowns: A crown can be used to restore a damaged tooth, or it can be paired with an implant to replace a single missing tooth.
(3)Dental bridges: A dental bridge can be used to replace consecutive missing teeth.
(4)Dentures: Full dentures can be fabricated to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures can be made to replace a few missing teeth in the lower or upper arch.