Before asking what a zirconium crown is, people often wonder what a crown is. In dentistry, crowns are used to replace teeth that have been damaged for some reason. It is also known as veneers among the people.
The crown, or veneer, is usually placed on the part of the tooth that is above the gum line. It can also be placed on implants. In terms of shape and color, they match perfectly with the patient's natural teeth. Crowns can also be used to protect dead teeth from further damage. Crowns can also be preferred for aesthetic reasons. It is possible to correct discolored, amorphous teeth with veneers.
The use of zirconium crowns is recommended for the treatment of long-term tooth decay or damage. If the tooth is recoverable despite toothache and discoloration, a zirconium crown is an ideal solution for restoration.
Zirconium Crowns: Procedure
Treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia. After the patient is anesthetized, the first step is preparing and reducing the tooth. The dentist takes an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the zirconium crown is prepared. Zirconium veneer is prepared in a few days in a laboratory environment with special technology. The dentist applies the zirconium crown over the abutment and fixes it with special dental cement.
Use of Dental Posts in Zirconium Crowns Treatment
- • In cases where a significant part of the natural veneer is missing and only the tooth roots remain, the use of a "dental post" is preferred. Because in this case, there are not enough natural teeth to form the abutment and support the zirconium crown.
- • If the root canals of the tooth are in poor condition, the tooth will likely need to be extracted and replaced with an implant or dental bridge. However, a post can be a good solution, as it acts as a support for the veneer in many cases.
- • An x-ray is necessary to determine the most appropriate treatment for the patient. Based on this, the dentist can determine the condition of the root canals and whether it is possible to place a dental post.
- • The precondition for the placement of the dental post is to completely remove the dental nerves (devitalization). The dentist places the post in the root canal and measurements are taken in a few days. The plaster is sent to the laboratory where the zirconium crown is prepared. The crown is fixed to the abutment with special dental cement.