dentist cleaning toothPorcelain is a strong, affordable dental material used for fillings. Among other materials such as gold, silver, and composite, porcelain provides the most durable protection at the best price.

What are fillings used for?

Fillings serve 3 main purposes:

  1. Restore tooth strength after a root canal
  2. Fill in cavities
  3. Prevent further decay

After a root canal

Following work on a root canal, the inner structure of your tooth will be removed. Your dentist will need to fill the empty space with a material that can withstand tough foods while protecting the integrity of your tooth.

Cavity Protection

Fillings also restore strength to teeth that have cavities. Even small cavities with fillings can prevent problems from getting worse. Filled cavities also keep your tooth from cracking or breaking.

Why should I get porcelain fillings?

Porcelain has 4 major advantages:

  • Strength
    Porcelain fillings allow you to eat foods normally. They won’t crack under pressure from hard foods and aren’t affected by hot or cold. Porcelain also works well with dentin, the material that makes us most of your tooth.
  • Durability
    Naturally plaque resistant porcelain lasts up to 15 years. Even through everyday wear and tear, porcelain holds just as strong as your natural teeth.
  • Natural Look
    Fillings done with porcelain can match the color of your existing teeth. White porcelain can also be part of a teeth whitening or full mouth reconstruction.
  • Easy Maintenance
    There’s no need to take special care of porcelain fillings. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist every 3 months to maximize the life of your fillings.

What concerns should I have with porcelain fillings?

Allergies

Be aware of whatever allergies you may have before talking to your dentist about fillings. Allergic reactions from dental filling material may cause your body to reject your filling. To prevent discomfort, provide your dentist with all allergy information you have available.

Limited Filling Life Span

No filling is completely permanent. Porcelain fillings will wear over time, compromising the strength of your teeth. They will have to be replaced after 12-15 years of regular use.

Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin uses porcelain exclusively as a filling material. We care about the cost of your dentistry just as much as we care about the result. Call us today to find out if our porcelain fillings are right for you at (512) 402-9399!