White zirconia dental crowns are a stainless-steel crown alternative for children. The white zirconia dental crown is a metal-free esthetic crown that is certified biocompatible, extremely esthetic and is the most durable material used in dentistry today. Although zirconia resembles the traditional porcelain dental crowns that have been used for years, zirconia is more durable. Pediatric dentist, Dr. Paul I Rubin, at Frisco Kid’s Dentistry recommends zirconia dental crowns (caps) for primary (baby) teeth in children who require a more reliable, stronger dental crown.
White Zirconia Dental Crowns for Restoring Children’s Teeth
Fortunately, advances in this innovative technology with ceramics produced an alternative to the stainless-steel crown. These crowns are options for use in restoring primary teeth which are chipped, damaged, or broken, are not developing properly, or with areas of decay too large to fill without the risk of breaking a tooth. Extensively decayed primary teeth can often cause great concern for patients and parents, especially when anterior (front) teeth are affected. In the past, dentists often treated extensively decayed primary teeth with extraction, however, with new innovations, such as the zirconia crowns, they can now focus on aesthetic restoration of the damaged teeth as the main course of treatment.
Using Zirconia Crowns to Restore Teeth
Zirconia crowns are aesthetically one of the best dental restorative options available, as they seamlessly blend in with your child’s other teeth. Because they are constructed of a solid monolithic zirconia ceramic, they do not chip, discolor, or breakdown over time.
The zirconia crown kits contain various pre-made crowns in different sizes. After preparing a tooth to receive a crown, your dentist will select the appropriate size crown, which is then passively placed on the tooth and cemented in place.
Benefits of white zirconia dental crowns include:
- Aesthetically superior
- Highly durable
- Resistant to plaque, accumulation, and decay
- Performed in a single office visit
Zirconia crowns can be used in most cases in which a crown is recommended. Cases not recommended for zirconia crowns include those involving:
- Significant crowding
- Little tooth structure remaining
- Space loss
- Patients with heavy bruxism (teeth grinding).
Dr. Anas Alkayli