What Should You Know About Porcelain Fillings?

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porcelain fillings There's more than one way to repair a damaged tooth. Whether you've suffered an injury or simply experienced decay, porcelain fillings can be an attractive alternative to options like composites.

What Are Porcelain Fillings?

Dental fillings are restorations that fix damaged teeth. As the name implies, dentists use them to fill in areas that had to be removed or were lost to injuries. They can also help repair cracks and progressive wear.

Dentists can create fillings from a variety of materials. The traditional options were to use metal, such as gold and silver, or a composite resin. Porcelain has also hit the scene as an attractive alternative.

Why Should You Consider Porcelain Fillings?

Porcelain, a type of ceramic, is extremely durable. It outlives resin while providing the same natural appearance and resisting the stains many resin fillings develop.

In terms of longevity, porcelain can be on par with gold and silver.

Since it doesn't use precious metals, it may cost less, although this varies depending on your treatment needs. In some cases, you'll pay about as much as you would for gold fillings.

One big advantage of porcelain over metal is that it's completely unnoticeable. These fillings are chemically inert and less prone to cause allergic reactions. Porcelain fillings are also versatile. Your dentist can bond them to metal to increase their wear resistance and stability.

Are There Downsides to Porcelain Fillings?

Porcelain might not be the right dental option for everyone. For instance, they may require a bit more grinding than other fillings. They can also increase your sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, which affects some people more than others.

Porcelain is resistant to chips and cracks, which may make it appropriate for preventing further decay. However, there are limits — some dentists avoid recommending porcelain for rear teeth because they experience more chewing force.

Learn More About Porcelain Fillings With Scott Greenhalgh DDS

Porcelain fillings can help you achieve the smile you deserve — but it's vital to ensure they're the ideal treatment for you.

Want to learn how porcelain fillings might fit into your dental health routine? It's as easy as booking an appointment with Dr. Greenhalgh in Denver or Lakewood, CO. Call 303-988-9060 now, or complete our contact form.