Zirconium versus Porcelain, which one is better?

Zirconia Crowns vs Porcelain Crowns

There are a number of breakthroughs in the world of dentistry that enabled many people to smile of their dreams even if they are genetically prone to cavities and poor oral health in general. It is no secret that dental patients often have feelings of insecurity that can disrupt their work and their personal lives, in many circumstances. In fact, several studies indicate that there is a correlation between poor oral health and low self-esteem.

Zirconia Dental Crowns

Since we know how poor oral health can upset your lives, we can take a look at a number of progressions in dental care that restore self-esteem, improve dental function and enable you to live your deserved life. Porcelain fused to metal have long prevented the use of onlays or filling for those with large cavities. But several disadvantages, including the crowns, were present.

• In some cases, an additional metal frame was required for additional strength.

• Some patients had a metal alloy structure allergic.

• The discoloration was caused close to the gum line.

It was a time that the only option available to people who wanted to improve their tooth appearance was porcelain fused into metal crowns. Fortunately, modern dentistry has given Zirconia dental crowns, patients a relatively new alternative. They are similar to traditional porcelain crowns, but they are made of zirconium, a bonded or cementable silicate, which provides dentists with additional options when they are installed. While Zirconia dental crowns and PFMs, (porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns) have several significant parallels, there are some significant differences.

The Main Difference

As already indicated, crowns are perfect for people who have large cavities which cannot be filled with composed resin or amalgam (either porcelain or zirconia).

While traditional porcelain crowns are a good choice for those seeking a cost-effective solution, there are several drawbacks, such as discoloration, potential allergies and the need for a metal frame to support them. The Zirconia crowns provide comparable advantages, while being a much higher alternative.

How Much Better Are Zirconia Crowns?

There are many advantages, but we detail only a few of them for the sake of brevity. They are much stronger than their PFM counterpart and are built with a non-porous design, which makes them much harder to tear, crack and stain. And, unlike PFMs, Zirconia crowns, because of their smooth outside, do not damage adjacent teeth. Finally, these crowns will not have to worry about discolouration; instead, patients may experience a highly translucent look and feel of natural teeth and will imitate them more effectively.

Front Teeth Crowns

We seldom hear about them as a solution for damage to the front teeth whether you discuss Zirconia or the traditional porcelain crowns. The truth is that the appearance and functionality of your front teeth can be improved using both variations.

It would be best to go with the Zirconia crown if your budget were to allow it. These specific crowns can better withstand your front teeth biting pressure and can be covered with multiple layers of porcelain to make it more natural to look.


Fortunately, we have access to treatments to improve the function and esthetics of our teeth, but the myriad options can make a daunting task of choosing the right treatment option. We hope that the information contained here will give you sufficient information so that you can make an informed decision when trying to decide between the zirconia crown vs. the porcelain crown. Contact us today and have a free consultation.

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