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Moline Zirconia Crowns

Middle-aged couple smile with their mouths partially open - for information on zirconia crownsZirconia crowns are a high-tech, high-strength solution for restoring severely worn, decayed, or broken teeth. They restore tooth function and look natural, so you can eat comfortably and smile broadly with confidence.

What Are Zirconia Crowns?

A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that completely covers a damaged tooth. Zirconia crowns are made of zirconium dioxide—a high-tech, high-strength ceramic. It is so strong that its nickname is “ceramic steel.”

When Are Zirconia Crowns Used?

Dr. Goebel uses zirconia crowns and bridges to restore molar (back) teeth. Monolithic zirconia—or a zirconia block—has these characteristics:

  • Durability – They withstand high force, including the chewing and grinding function of molars.
  • Metal-free – There is virtually no risk if you have metal allergies or sensitivities. And unlike a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, a dark line will not eventually show through at your gumline.
  • Versatility – Dr. Goebel uses KATANA™ zirconia, which includes multiple shades and translucencies in the block for an aesthetic crown.

Porcelain Crowns vs. Zirconia Crowns

Both zirconia and porcelain are ceramic. What is the difference?


  • A porcelain crown can replicate a natural tooth’s appearance so well that it is almost impossible to distinguish it from a natural tooth.
  • Porcelain is not as strong as zirconium dioxide.
  • Dentists often use a metal foundation to strengthen a porcelain crown. But the restoration is opaque, and the metal eventually shows through as a dark line your gumline.


  • Although a zirconia block is not as natural-looking as porcelain, products like KATANA include multiple shades and translucencies in the block for better aesthetics.
  • It is stronger than other dental ceramics.
  • A metal-free zirconia core will not show through at your gumline.

What Is the Process for Receiving a Zirconia Crown?

Receiving a dental crown includes these steps:

  • Dr. Goebel will prepare your tooth for the crown by filing and reshaping it.
  • We will use an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your teeth.
  • Dr. Goebel’s ceramist will use the impressions and instructions we send to make your custom zirconia crown.
  • You will wear a temporary crown until the final one is ready.
  • After removing the temporary crown, Dr. Goebel will clean your tooth and place the zirconia crown over it.
  • If the crown fits well, is comfortable when you bite, and you approve the color, he will bond the crown to your tooth.

How Long Do Zirconia Crowns Last?

A well-crafted, properly seated zirconia crown can last up to 15 years or longer. But you must maintain good oral hygiene to take care of your crowns.

How to Take Care of Your Zirconia Crowns

Maintenance is easy:

  • Brush twice daily with non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Maintain regular exam and cleaning appointments.
  • Let us know if you clench or grind your teeth. Dr. Goebel can make a custom night guard for you to wear while you are asleep and protect your teeth and crowns from excessive wear.

Interested in Zirconia Crowns?

If you are interested in tooth restoration with zirconia crowns, call us to schedule an appointment for an exam or complete our appointment request form.

“My procedure today was the first of two steps for a crown. The process was as comfortable as I could have wished, performed by personable support staff and Dr. Goebel, who was relaxed, thoroughly prepared, and professional. Nobody likes dental procedures, but I highly recommend Goebel Family Dentistry.” – Bill C.