New Translucent Zirconia Crowns

New Translucent Zirconia Crowns

New translucent zirconia crowns are arguably the best material to come along since white dental composites. They are very strong and for back teeth are very natural looking.

Sean’s new translucent zirconia crown

Are you in need of a dental crown but afraid that it will not look natural? This can be a scare to some patients, however Dr. Bauer utilizes translucent zirconia crowns that allow the tooth to look perfectly in place.

Sean had come into the office in search of a cost effective fix for his rotted molar, without having to extract the entire tooth. As Dr. Bauer and Sean discussed options, they had concluded that a new zirconia crown would be the perfect solution. A natural looking, yet strong zirconia crown was placed on the tooth. Sean is ecstatic with the results and so are we!

Image of a new Translucent Zirconia Crowns

What do new translucent zirconia crowns cost?

the material is actually cheaper than other materials that we use to fabricate dental crowns so the cost is the same as other dental crowns and less than gold crowns. In our office the fee is around $1500 for a dental crown. The fee that you pay will depend on several factors, one being where you live. To find out the approximate cost in your zip code you can check out fair health consumer website and type in dental code D2940.

What are the steps for new translucent zirconia crowns?

The first step is to prepare the tooth for a dental crown and take an impression of the tooth. The tooth will have a temporary dental crown while the dental laboratory fabricates the zirconia crown. A few weeks later you return and we cement the zirconia crown on.

If you are in need of a crown that looks natural as well as strong, a new translucent zirconia crown could be the ideal option for you. Call Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics to set up a consult and to see if this option will work best for you!

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16 Responses to “New Translucent Zirconia Crowns”

  1. DemetriusFebruary 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    Why would you choose the translucent zirconia crown over an e-max crown?

    A comparison between the two technologies would be interesting since I am in the midst of having a pair of e-max crowns at the top two front teeth.

    Thanks

    • Bauer BryanFebruary 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

      The translucent zirconia is stronger, most brands are around twice as strong as emax. Emax is easier for labs to make match other teeth and is more esthetic. If the emax is pressed then it will have a better fit and better anatomy. If the emax is milled then zirconia and emax fit and anatomy will be same. A note about the milling though. Not all mills are equal. In office dental mills are the worst so will give the worst anatomy but laboratory mills can be comparable to pressed crowns. A comparison might be nice but will probably be out of date in few years at the rate things are changing. Right now in 2018 all my posterior crowns are esthetic zirconia and my anterior crowns and veneers are emax. For your case very few docs would not choose emax.

      • DemetriusFebruary 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

        Thank you for your reply. The technology is quite fascinating as I have been researching it more in depth over the last couple months.

        My doctor did zirconia for a few molar crowns in December, and is now doing emax for my two front upper teeth.

        I just need to run over to the lab tomorrow so they can accurately color-match with my natural teeth.

        • Bauer BryanFebruary 25, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

          I like your dentist! Don’t overthink this. Sounds like you are in good hands and you are paying for their expertise so you don’t have to figure everything out.

  2. DemetriusFebruary 25, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

    What is “pressing” and “milling?”

    • Bauer BryanFebruary 25, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

      Different methods of making crowns. You don’t need to concern yourself with it. Like I said sounds like you are in great hands.

    • DemetriusFebruary 26, 2018 at 2:30 am #

      Yes, I like my dentist too. I have been with him since 1994. I ask him a lot of questions too – more than any of his other patients he says. The more answers I get, the more curious I get with more questions. At the same time, I feel compelled to respect the time he has allotted to me so I don’t put him behind schedule. Not that he as ever said anything like that.

      Again, thank you for your replies, Dr. Bryan.

  3. AnonymousMarch 21, 2019 at 12:58 am #

    Question about different materials for crowns. For an upper front tooth, just had an implant and now the crown was put on. I was expecting a Porcelean crown but it turns out it is composite. Is this as good and as long lasting as Porcelean?

    • Bauer BryanMarch 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

      I doubt it is composite. I think there is a miscommunication. No one uses composite crowns.

  4. ronnyMarch 21, 2019 at 1:02 am #

    For an upper front tooth crown, on an implant, is a composite crown as good as a porcelean one? I’m not sure why my dentist went this way.

    • Bauer BryanMarch 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

      No. There is a chance that the crown is designed to shape the gums properly until the real one is made.

  5. DemetriusMarch 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

    Just a quick update. It has been a year since I had two Emax crowns put over my two main upper front teeth. The results are very natural-looking. The dentist had me go to the lab to make sure that they color-matched the crowns accurately.

    For the first 6-9 months they felt strange when I would lean my tongue up against them; it’s as though I can feel the stress on the natural teeth beneath that were shaven down to fit the crowns. But that sensation has long disappeared.

  6. AnonymousMarch 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    thanks Dr. Bauer, I am going to ask dentist about the composite crown when I go back in a month. I wanted to get more background on if my understanding was correct that this either is not, or should not be the final crown. I hear various tidbits in the chair without having the full picture and appreciate your help.

    He may be planning on replacing this or may not be, I need to get more “in the loop”. But now I know to make sure he does. Did I get that correctly, this should not be left as the final crown? thanks again!

    Demetrius, Nice to hear about those Emax crowns, I haven’t been offered any technical choices on materials but I’m learning to ask more questions. Glad that material is working out well.

    • Bauer BryanMarch 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

      Again – I think just a misunderstanding. The root of most problems.

  7. AnonymousJune 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    turns out it was a partial misunderstanding, you were correct. It was a porcelean crown but with some on the spot modifications using composite to make it look more realistic where it meets the gumline I believe. Just another case of not being quick enough to ask the right questions while I’m still in the chair. Often the case for me. So hopefully the combination will be long lasting. It looks pretty good, thanks for your helpful replies.

    • Bauer BryanJune 3, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Yes that sounds ideal.

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