One of the most asked question is difference between zirconia and porcelain in cosmetic dentistry. We tried to explain the difference of the two veneers with images.
Zirconium crowns are structurally metal-free and are an aesthetic material that has received top marks in durability tests.
Porcelain crowns are materials that contain metallic materials in their infrastructure and today they are gradually being abandoned due to aesthetic concerns.
Since the zirconium crowns is considered a material produced by modern technical methods, its compatibility with teeth and gums is ideal, On the contrary, due to the traditional production of porcelain crowns, there may be a margin of error regarding the aesthetic harmony of the porcelain tooth with the gums.
The natural color of the gum does not turn gray over time with zirconia crowns because they do not contain metallic materials in their structure, but in the case of porcelain crowns the gum turns gray over time due to interactions that happen between its metallic structure and the liquids of the mouth.
Porcelain crowns statically reflect an opaque and matte appearance because the light transmission of porcelain crowns is almost non-existent, while zirconium crowns allow the transmission of light, so there is a more harmony of color. vibrant and natural.
Zirconium has the advantage of dissolving microscopic fissures that occur in the internal structure over time without the need for an external treatment, whereas porcelain crowns do not have this characteristic.
Zirconium resists all the pressure forces that can occur in the mouth, whether they are collisions of the mouth closure or when there is a strong jaw structure, on the other hand, porcelain crowns can be subjected to bending when exposed to pressures of the mandibular.
Adhering materials for zirconium crowns with teeth are one of the most advanced technological products, and their bond to teeth is much stronger than porcelain crowns, while adhering materials for porcelain crowns are more traditional. While zirconia crowns can change the shape, design, and other cosmetic procedures like natural teeth, these options are limited in porcelain crowns.