Zirconia Vs. Porcelain Restorations
- Apr 28, 2018 -
Dental implants, considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry, can only fulfill its role when it is supported by durable, long-lasting, and bio-safe prosthetics. Technological advancements in dentistry have ensured that patients who need to restore missing or damaged teeth can invest in restorations that look natural and last for a long time.
WHY DO DENTISTS PREFER ZIRCONIA RESTORATIONS?
The zirconia prosthetics not only fill a gap in the smile, restoring your ability to chew, eat, and laugh with ease, but offer unparalleled benefits, including:
Whereas the porcelain used in dental work looks beautiful and natural-looking, the material cannot be described as permanent. Porcelain restorations certainly can last up to many years with careful upkeep but will require replacement as it gradually wears down due to the wear and tear associated with daily activities such as chewing and grinding food.
Zirconia is non-porous and is one of the hardest-wearing materials and can withstand much higher pressure than dental porcelain can.
Zirconia is non-porous and is one of the hardest-wearing materials that withstands much higher pressure than dental porcelain can. Therefore zirconia restorations are much more resistant to the wear and tear that dental prosthetics are subjected to, and such is their strength and durability.
Apart from strength, zirconia restorations are distinguished by their superior aesthetics. It is translucent, allowing light to pass through rather than reflect it completely, giving it a natural sheen, and when custom-stained to match your smile, it blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
Zirconia restorations are also biocompatible and unlike other ceramic materials, are impervious to staining, cracking, and chipping. These properties lend to its longevity, making zirconia prosthetics a more desirable option than porcelain prosthetics for implants restoration.
NON-ABRASIVE AND COMFORTABLE
Zirconia restorations are designed keeping in mind patient comfort, and since it is a non-abrasive and smooth material, it does not irritate the surrounding gums and tissues of the mouth.
Porcelain, though much more comfortable than metal alloys, can still cause some damage to the soft tissues due to the friction resulting from eating and other activities.