Zirconia Crowns vs. Porcelain Crowns

Today, patients prefer zirconia and porcelain crowns instead of metal-based ones because they provide both durability and a natural aesthetic appearance.

The zirconium element, which is a white and hard metal, is used as "zirconia" in dentistry. It has very high fracture resistance and is also a restorative material with biocompatible structure.

Besides that, there are two varieties of porcelain crowns. They are "full porcelain" and "porcelain fused to metal" (PFM). A PFM crown is composed of a coating of tooth-colored porcelain baked onto a metal core. When a tooth requires treatment, porcelain crowns are sometimes the best option.

Before deciding which crown is best for you, have a consultation with GoodLook's experienced dentists. We offer you the highest quality dental treatments in a highly equipped clinic.

How are the Applications of Zirconia and Porcelain Crowns?

While dental crowns are preferred, patient expectation and what it will be used for play an important role. There are also some advantages they provide to each other. Before the differences between zirconia and porcelain, it is necessary to know how they are applied.

Based on the method of repair and the quantity of healthy teeth, arrangements are done. With the help of 3D digital scanners, dental imprints are obtained. On the computer, a digital model of the tooth to be manufactured is developed, and crowns are prepared using 3-axis zirconia production machines. It is baked once final details are checked according to images of you, and the procedure is completed with a polish application.

When it comes to porcelain crowns, the procedure may count the same. Most of their applications need two sessions. This is because the initial appointment focuses on prepping the tooth for the porcelain crown. Identifying and removing any weak portions of your tooth, as well as obtaining impressions for a temporary crown, comprise this step. During your second appointment, generally three weeks later, your temporary crown is removed and your new, custom-made crown is fixed.

On the other hand, zirconia crowns costs and porcelain veneers fee are often wondered. These varies according to using materials, the experience of your dentist and the scope of your procedure.

What are the advantages of Zirconia and Porcelain Crowns?

In general, it is known that zirconia crowns are preferred more than metal-supported porcelain types. Listed below are some key benefits of zirconia crowns:

  • Strength: In terms of dental crowns, zirconia offers excellent strength and durability. It is at least three times as durable as porcelain or PFM restorations. In contrast to porcelain, it resists damage and wear without fracturing, hence they can endure the pressures of mastication and bruxism. This crown is practically unbreakable and designed to survive the difficulty, especially in the back of the mouth, due to the use of monolithic zirconia.
  • Specialization: Because of different criteria, including chemical structure and manufacturing requirements, zirconia can be made in several ways to meet the demands of you. This customisation reduces the possibility of mistake and assures a perfect fit for each person.
  • Reliability: Due to its excellent level of biocompatibility, patients who are sensitive to the alloys used in PFM restorations don't have any adverse responses to the material. Because this great feature, dental crowns and bridges also made from it, are extremely safe for clinical usage. This makes zirconia an outstanding material for dental restorations.
  • Perfect Smile: Zirconia does not have a metal liner at the gingival edge like other materials do. Porcelain crowns (PFM) have a metal layer positioned just beneath the porcelain layer that is found in the coronal part of the crown. When you smile, this metal line can be often observed at the gingival border.


Zirconia crowns eliminate the need for any metal lining, giving you the ability to smile with complete assurance. In addition, they can be molded into any size or form to perfectly complement the rest of your teeth.

  • Allergen-free: As we mentioned, the high biocompatibility of zirconia can not cause allergies if you have allergic reactions to the alloys in porcelain restorations. If you know this feature before choosing a crown, you will not have any problems.

What To Expect After Zirconium or Porcelain Crowns Procedure?

Following the installation of your crowns and the completion of the healing process in your mouth, you can go back to your usual eating and drinking habits. You should also continue to clean and floss your crown in the same manner that you do the rest of your real teeth. After the application, you should also consider using a toothpaste designed for those with sensitive teeth.

You must be aware that it might take some time for you to get used to the sensation of the crown being placed in your mouth. If the sensation lasts for more than a few days, you may need to make an appointment with your dentist to understand the new crowns whether they fits to your bite excellently.

As with other dental treatments, you can enjoy the GoodLook privilege with our experience and quality in zirconia crowns. Please contact us for more information.