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Zirconia versus Traditional Porcelain Dental Restorations

Dental restorations can repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth, improving a patient’s dental functionality and appearance. Some of the most commonly used restorations include dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. In the past, patients did not have a choice of materials for their dental restorations; the only options were metal alloys. Today, dental restorations are made out of materials that offer many practical and aesthetic advantages over conventional alternatives. When comparing zirconia versus traditional porcelain at our Queens office, we find that Prettau® zirconia restorations are superior in terms of durability and appearance.

Prettau® zirconia dental restorations are made of safe, biocompatible materials. They have an extremely high flexural and tensile strength, and the non-porous design is resistant to chipping, cracking, and staining. The restorations have a smooth exterior, which prevents abrasion to surrounding teeth and gum tissue. In addition, zirconia is multicolored, highly translucent, and natural looking; our technicians use custom coloring techniques for seamless integration into your smile.

At Astoria Dental Group, we prefer zirconia dental restorations over those made of any other material, including porcelain. Porcelain restorations cannot match zirconia in terms of strength, durability, longevity, appearance, and patient comfort.

When put through rigorous laboratory testing, zirconia restorations had a 200 percent higher bending strength than porcelain products. Prettau® zirconia can better withstand the normal wear and tear on teeth from chewing, biting, and speaking. Because of their enhanced durability and strength, zirconia restorations last longer than porcelain.

Aesthetically, zirconia dental restorations look extremely natural. The optimized microstructure of the zirconia produces greater translucency, so the restorations reflect light in the same manner as natural teeth. This gives zirconia restorations an incredibly lifelike appearance. Further, the restorations can be color matched to your existing teeth.

Due to the non-abrasive nature of the material, zirconia restorations offer a level of comfort that is unmatched. Porcelain restorations may cause damage to the surrounding teeth and soft tissues as a result of the friction that occurs when talking or chewing.

Zirconia can be used in many types of dental restorations, including:

  • Inlays and onlays: These restorations are used to replace damaged areas of the biting surfaces of the molars.
  • Dental crowns: A crown can be used to restore a damaged tooth, or it can be paired with an implant to replace a single missing tooth.
  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge can be used to replace consecutive missing teeth.
  • Dentures: Full dentures can be fabricated to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures can be made to replace a few missing teeth in the lower or upper arch.

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