How long should a zirconia crown last

Zirconia crown - disadvantages, cost, durability

When choosing the material for your dental crowns, you often have a multitude of options. One of the most popular is now the zirconium oxide crown.

  • It is gradually displacing classic full metal crowns from the market.
  • For biological reasons, a zircon crown is also the healthier choice.

In this article you will find out why the crown is so popular, how long a crown made of zirconia lasts and what disadvantages it has compared to other crowns.

What is a zircon crown?

Zirconium oxide, or alternatively zirconium, is a very stable ceramic that can also be polished so that it can no longer be distinguished from natural teeth.

Zirconium oxide crowns are milled and polished for a very long time. With the help of computer-aided production, they are precisely adapted to the needs of the patient.

Advantages of zirconium crowns

Zirconium crowns have a number of advantages that make them look better in a direct comparison with other types.

  • Zircon is not a metal and is therefore ideal for people with metal allergies or sensitivities.
  • Furthermore, zircon is biologically well tolerated - that is, crowns made of zircon do not irritate the gums and have no noticeable edges.
  • Zirconium crowns are optically matched to the exact shade of the patient's natural teeth.

Info: Even dentists have to look carefully to distinguish a zirconium crown from a natural tooth.

In addition, zircon is a very resistant material and even more break-proof than previous ceramic variants.

This makes zircon the best currently available dental prosthesis on the market.

Disadvantages of zirconium crowns

Of course, zirconium crowns also have disadvantages. You have to decide for yourself how difficult these are for you.

  • The complex process for manufacturing and adapting zirconium crowns makes them the most expensive crowns on the market - with prices ranging from 500 to 2000 euros per implant.
  • To insert a zirconium crown, up to 4 sessions are often necessary. This means that the effort is much higher here than with crowns made from other materials.

Even if the list of disadvantages ends there, these disadvantages are also the reason why many people still resort to alternatives such as precious metals.

Cost of a zirconium crown & tips for saving

As mentioned, the costs for a zirconium crown are between 500 and 2000 euros.

The costs are therefore many times higher than for crowns made from other materials.

Because the health insurances only grant a fixed subsidy for crowns regardless of the material chosen, you have to pay a very high contribution here.

This literally offers you an opportunity to circumvent the problem of high costs and low health insurance subsidies a little.

More and more patients are traveling to other European countries for their dental treatment.

  • More and more Germans and Austrians are visiting dentists in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, especially for bridges, crowns, prostheses and braces.
  • Here you receive a high-quality treatment that is comparable to that at home, but you save noticeably on the costs incurred - in some cases up to 70%.

Such a vacation is not necessarily as expensive as you might imagine.

In fact, you can plan a complete treatment including hotel, travel and a short vacation and still often save money in the end compared to treatment by your family doctor.

Take a look at everything you need to know about dental treatment in Hungary and the Czech Republic in the following article:

Hungary is considered the most popular destination for dental treatment in Europe and is visited by thousands of “dental tourists” every year.

Durability of zirconium crowns

Zirconium crowns are among the most stable and long-lasting crowns - with proper care, they will last for several decades.

  • It is important that you receive a crown with a quality seal and that you care for it just as thoroughly as your natural teeth.
  • This means brushing your teeth twice a day and also thoroughly cleaning the spaces between your teeth. For example with an oral irrigator.

Then the crown should last reliably and for a long time even under heavy loads. However, you should also pay attention to the dental health of the surrounding teeth.

Because if the tooth substance near a crown or a prosthesis becomes brittle - for example due to tooth decay - then the crown can also suffer.

This is how a zirconium crown is used

In order to be able to insert a zirconium crown precisely, the dentist first prepares the tooth stump on which the crown will later adhere.

  • This is ground and polished with a special grinder - often made of diamond - to such an extent that it later offers the zirconium crown an optimal hold.
  • Now the prepared tooth is scanned with a scanner so that the crown can be manufactured with an exact fit.
  • Your natural tooth color is already taken into account here so that the new crown cannot later be distinguished from your natural teeth.

Even dentists will have to look carefully here.

However, such perfection takes time. Sometimes the dentist will spend two sessions matching the zirconium crown to your natural tooth color.

In the meantime, you will receive a temporary solution.

In the last session, the dentist will insert the crown in such a way that, with the right care, it will last for several decades.

  • For this, the dentist can choose between adhesion - i.e. gluing - and cementation. In the case of a zirconium crown, both methods are almost identical. Even if cementation may sound more stable.
  • Only crowns and implants made of glass materials have to be glued in any case, as they are not stable enough for cementation.

The entire process can therefore take 3 to 4 sessions.

This is important if you want to travel abroad for cost reasons to insert a zirconium crown, as you have to plan the length of your stay here.

Conclusion on zirconium crowns

A zirconium crown is one of the most popular, but also most expensive implants, because the material is associated with high manufacturing costs and a lot of effort for the treating dentist.

Health insurance companies only pay fixed subsidies regardless of the material chosen, so you as a consumer will have to pay for a crown made of zirconia.

More and more Germans and Austrians are making use of the many offers from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland - because here you get a comparably high quality for a treatment cost plan that is many times cheaper.

  • Once you have received your zirconium crown, with proper care it will last for several decades and cannot be visually differentiated from your natural teeth.
  • Even after prolonged use, there are no signs that your tooth is a crown.

So if you can afford a zirconium crown or are ready to have a cheap crown inserted abroad, zirconium is definitely recommended as an alternative to other materials.

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