It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished due to an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance, and function.
Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss the available options with you and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when restoring your beautiful smile.
Composite fillings can be used in teeth that are under great chewing pressure such as molars and bicuspids, and now thanks to improved technologies such as directed shrinkage of the ceramic polymer material used to fill cavities, these composite fillings are reliable and are fast becoming the standard of care for forward-thinking dentists and cosmetic dentists.
1. More Natural Appearance
The largest benefit of using porcelain ceramic fillings is the completely natural appearance of the repaired tooth. Many patients are so happy with the appearance of their treated teeth that they eventually have all their old fillings removed and replaced with ceramic fillings.
2. Durability and Longevity
Another strong advantage of porcelain-composite fillings is that the material is very durable, rugged and capable of lasting longer than amalgam fillings. On average, composite fillings last from 10 to 20 years, while amalgam fillings last from 5 to 10 years.
3. Less Toxic
Safety of materials is a positive focus when discussing ceramic fillings. Particularly with amalgam fillings and their mixture of silver and mercury, there is always the possible allergic reaction to one of the metals being used.
4. Improved Stain and Abrasion Resistance
Lastly, composite fillings are more resistant to stains and abrasions than conventional fillings, and do not run the risk of developing micro cracks and fissures as amalgam fillings do. These cracks and fissures in the fillings can lead to further decay within the sealed tooth where the cavity had existed.
Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.Reasons for Crowns
Getting porcelain crowns usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions or iTero digital scans that will be used to create your custom crown. If you are getting your crown for cosmetic reasons, the dentist can adjust the mold slightly to ensure that the finished crown will look better than your original tooth. This mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown has been fabricated by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully cemented to ensure the spacing and bite is accurate.