Zirconia crowns in dentistry: Uses, clinical challenges, and solutions

Oct. 21, 2022
Zirconia crowns are strong and can be beautiful, but there are some inherent clinical challenges associated with them. This collection of articles offers solutions to help you use zirconia successfully in your dental practice.

Dental restorative materials are continuing to evolve, and one of the most frequently used in dentistry today is zirconia. Zirconia crowns are strong and can be beautiful, but there are some inherent clinical challenges associated with them. Quite often, patients are visiting the dentist with zirconia crowns coming off prematurely as well as with recurrent caries on margins.

As Dr. Gordon Christensen says, “Zirconia is here. It is not going away. As such, it is our professional responsibility to understand it better and use it to an optimum level.” Here, we share resources that will give you an in-depth look at how zirconia is used in dentistry and the various clinical issues it presents, along with some practical clinical solutions to help you use zirconia most successfully in your practice.

Why are some zirconia crowns failing?

A disturbing number of patients are presenting with zirconia crowns that have prematurely failed. Here are some of the reasons why zirconia crowns fail, as well as some solutions.

Zirconia crown failure and what to do about it

Which crown types are best for what situations?

Significant confusion abounds regarding what type of indirect restoration is best for specific clinical situations. See what scientific research has to say on the subject.

Which indirect restoration goes where?

Improving the color match of zirconia crowns

What are manufacturers doing to improve the esthetics of zirconia restorations? Here’s a look at the various types of zirconia along with suggestions about which materials to use in a variety of clinical situations and why.

A look at the esthetics of zirconia restorations

The satisfying and productive preventive dental practice

Wondering how to implement caries-prevention procedures while still maintaining practice revenue? Assigning preventive procedures to competent staff members can be helpful for your patients—and a lifesaver to your bottom line.

Caries-prevention procedures and practice revenue

How to reduce recurrent caries and crowns coming off

Do you have patients whose crowns are coming off after only a short time? How about caries recurring on margins? Many of these problems appear to be related to dental cements and cementing methods. Here are some ways to reduce the obvious problems with current cements and suggestions for changing the cement you use.

The role of cements in successful zirconia crowns

Occlusion in 2022: The forgotten area in dentistry

A good number of dentists are seeing occlusal challenges related to some of the ceramic crowns they place. Consider this expert clinical advice to get a better understanding of occlusion in dentistry and why it’s so important.

Why occlusion is so important in dentistry

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