What are the benefits and risks of Zirconia Crown, Costs, and How They are Made

What are the benefits and risks of Zirconia Crown, Costs, and How They are Made?


Zirconia is made of a combination of powdered metal oxide with ceramic content. Zirconia is also made from zirconium, properties of the metal used are similar to Titanium. It is chemically unreactive and the right choice of material to form a dental crown.


  • No known patient sensitivities.
  • Solid zirconia crowns are durable.
  • Chipping and fracturing are extremely rare.
  • The material promotes a healthy tissue response.
  • An excellent choice for patients who has allergies in metal or who would prefer to have a metal-free restorations
  • Zirconia is metal-free or does not require any metal.
  • It reduces the exposure of metal margins
  • The translucent nature of Zirconia HT can transmit the color of adjacent teeth, and it is manufactured in a wide variety of shades.
  • Crowns can be conventionally cemented in place using traditional bonding techniques.
  • Superior stable durable and excellent quality for healthy food chew
  • It is an excellent choice for restoring the back.
  • Zirconia is a reliable quality and does not need too much preparation of your teeth
  • It is a same-day procedure, crowns made of zirconia can be done inside a dental clinic


If there are excellent benefits, zirconia may not be for all. Here are the following risks you need to know:

  • Zirconia crowns can be tough and time-consuming to adjust.
  • It can be hard to match your natural teeth, and it may look less natural. However, this may not be a massive problem for zirconia is usually placed in the back part of the mouth.
  • Wear and tear on opposing teeth may occur to some because of the hardness of zirconia.
  • It’s quite expensive than other crowns


Zirconia crowns are more likely expensive than other types of dental crowns such as metal, porcelain, and ceramic. It can range from Php 17,000 to Php 25,000 or more in the Philippines. Prices may depend based on location or country you are at and the dental issue of the patient.


In the process of making zirconia crowns is less complicated than the process for composite ceramic crowns. It starts at the dental clinic. First, the dentist makes a visual of the patient’s teeth. Afterward, the dentist then sends the visual to a lab and place it into a mold. The skilled worker then cuts the shape into sections and scans it using a laser, red lights, or blue light technology. Your dental partner will upload the scan into a computer with CAD software that designs the crown or sends it to the laboratory to be done by a skilled worker.

These steps may vary if the dentist has CEREC technology at their dental clinic. It requires no impressions. The data will be scanned and be uploaded to a computer with a technology that manufactures the crown. This type of machine creates and designs a zirconia crown from a solid block. Designs can be sent out by the lab to a factory to manufacture or produce the zirconia crown by the laboratory. After the crown is done, the technician adds coloring to the crown that looks similar to your natural teeth and sinters it. It is the process of baking a material at very high heat until it hardens. Once the sintering is all set, the dental technician textures smooth and glazes the crown once it is ready for the dentist to fit it in their patient’s mouth.


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