Thanks to advances in dental restorations, it’s possible to repair severely damaged or decaying teeth with zirconia –– an incredibly durable and biocompatible material. At DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD, in Midtown East, Manhattan, experienced dentist Kenn Kakosian, DDS, PhD, offers several types of zirconia restoration, including crowns and bridges. To make an appointment at the practice in New York City, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
A zirconia restoration is a dental prosthetic made of E-max®. E-max is a proprietary material made of lithium disilicate ceramic.
Zirconia restorations mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. What’s more, they’re incredibly tough, meaning they can withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
Zirconia restorations offer a variety of benefits compared to traditional restorations. They’re biocompatible, meaning they won’t irritate your teeth or gums, and they’re free of all metals, including mercury, making them much safer than amalgam.
In addition, zirconia restorations are manufactured using a unique heat process. As a result, they’re highly fracture-resistant and much less likely to chip or crack. Zirconia restorations are also easy to apply, so Dr. Kakosian can complete more work in a single treatment session.
At DentAlign NYC, Dr. Kakosian offers several types of zirconia restoration, including:
A crown is a synthetic cap bonded on top of a decaying or damaged tooth. It restores your tooth to its near-original size, preventing the need for an extraction.
If you’re missing a single permanent tooth, Dr. Kakosian might recommend a zirconia bridge. A bridge is a restoration that fills a gap in your smile. With proper care and good oral hygiene, bridges can last 15 years* and sometimes longer.
Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns. The main difference is that inlays restore enamel between the cusps (or bumps) on top of your teeth. Onlays, on the other hand, cover the cusps.
At DentAlign NYC, getting a zirconia restoration takes two visits.
At your first appointment, Dr. Kakosian conducts an oral exam and takes a series of oral X-rays. He uses that information to determine the type of restoration that will most benefit you. Then, he takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory.
The dental laboratory uses your impressions to manufacture a custom zirconia restoration, a process that takes a week or two.
When your restoration is ready, you return to DentAlign NYC. Dr. Kakosian numbs your mouth and carefully places the zirconia restoration. Afterward, he provides care instructions.
To see if you can benefit from a zirconia restoration, make an appointment at DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling feature today.
*Individual results may vary.