Dental crowns or ‘caps’ are popular treatment options for patients with broken or worn-down teeth. They are designed to encase damaged teeth to improve their shape, strength, and appearance, as well as protect them from decay. Two of the most popular choices include the e.max® crown and zirconia crown.

Sabra Dental Studios of Franklin Lakes, NJ, can help your patients explore their options for restorative dentistry. They offer both zirconia and e.max crowns, as well as advanced digital imaging enhancement tools to ensure a positive patient experience.

Before contacting their professionals, review the primary differences between e.max and zirconia crowns:

  • Durability: E.max crowns are made from lithium disilicate ceramic and have a strength of 380-400 megapascal. Zirconia crowns are made using a powder with crystalline properties and boast a strength of 800-1200 MPa. Although both crowns can bear all kinds of wear and tear, zirconia is known for providing lasting results.
  • e.max crownAesthetics: Zirconia comes in various shades and looks similar to natural teeth due to the slight transparency of its material. However, e.max crowns are even more translucent, providing the best match for a patient’s surrounding natural teeth. E.max also presents a more lifelike appearance that doesn’t require a stain or metal alloy base. If you’re looking for an unnoticeable restorative dentistry solution, choose an e.max crown. 
  • Function: Both crown types can improve the appearance of a tooth that has been disfigured or stained for years. Although similar in function, zirconia crowns are recommended for patients who grind their teeth. Zirconia is also best used in areas of the bite where extra strength is needed. E.max crowns have numerous applications but are rarely used to make a partial crown.

To determine whether a zirconia crown or e.max crown best suits your patient, talk to the experts at Sabra Dental Studios. They will ensure you receive the highest quality materials available. Call the dental lab today at (201) 891-5669 or visit their website for more information.