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Understanding Why A Zirconia Tooth Is A Good Choice For Your Dental Implant

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You may be asked to wait several months to receive your dental implant crown if you have recently undergone the root surgery. This may seem like it is long time to wait, but this time period allows the root to adhere to the jaw so your new tooth is as strong as possible. Strength is also something that is considered when the crown tooth is chosen. Crown tooth materials vary based on a number of factors, and your dentist may choose a zirconia tooth. Keep reading to learn why this may be best for you.

It Can Hide The Abutment

If your dentist has informed you that you have a thin biotype, then you may be concerned about this. However, what this really means is that the you have thin gum tissues around the very edges of the teeth. The tissue thickness may cause the implant abutment to show through a bit. This is especially true if translucent porcelain is utilized. When porcelain is formed, the crown is tapered and is fairly see-through where the crown meets the gums. The abutment shows through the thin tissues, and this is aesthetically unappealing.

Zirconia appears natural, but it is much more opaque than porcelain. This means that it can obscure the appearance of the abutment and your implant will then appear more natural. This is something that may be extremely important if the implant is added towards the front of the mouth. 

It Can Reduce Chipping Concerns

Crowns that are constructed with a thick biting edge are quite strong and able to resist chipping and cracking issues. However, the incisor and canine teeth are not naturally thick. Therefore, the crown will not be thick either. If substantial pressure is placed on a thinner porcelain crown, then it is more likely to chip.

While layered zirconia crowns used to chip in the same way that porcelain ones did, new manufacturing processes have been implemented and used to stabilize the material. The material is far less likely to chip in response, even when crowns are thinner. 

Zirconia can fracture, so this may be an issue. However, it only cracks if a substantial amount of pressure is placed on your crown or if you sustain some sort of injury to your mouth. 

Zirconia is often used for implant placed more towards the front of the mouth. This means that you will need to be careful when involving yourself in sports activities. Mouth guards can help to protect your implant from cracking issues. Talk to a dentist, like those at Family Dentistry Of Woodstock, to learn more.