Porcelain vs. Zirconia

porcelain vs. zirconia
Porcelain (left) and zirconia (right) can both be crafted for translucency and a natural-looking color.

Major Differences  Between the Materials

At Astoria Dental Group, we prefer zirconia dental restorations over those made of any other material, including porcelain, because they have shown unmatched strength, durability, longevity, cosmetics, and patient comfort.

Similarities between Zirconia and Porcelain Restorations

Why We Prefer Zirconia
200% higher bending strength than porcelain
 (based on rigorous laboratory testing)

Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages of Your Options


Zirconia Porcelain
Biocompatible X X
Nearly unbreakable X
Non-porous X X
Prevents abrasion to surrounding teeth and gums X
Lasts several years X X
Can be color-matched X X
Metal-free X X


Zirconia Porcelain
Can chip or stain X
Could cause wear to other teeth  X
Cannot withstand pressure affecting back teeth X
Hypersensitivity to heat and cold X
Requires large amounts of tooth reduction X
Costs more than metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns X X
Hard to notice underlying decay X

Finally a screw retained permanent implant bridge that is not acrylic or porcelain! It’s 100% zirconia and will not chip, crack, or stain! It’s the future of implant dentistry.
Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.

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