Porcelain is a strong, affordable dental material used for composites
. Among other materials such as gold, silver, and composite, porcelain provides the most durable protection at the best price.
What are composites used for?
Composites serve 3 main purposes:
- Restore tooth strength after a root canal
- Fill in cavities
- 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.
Composites also restore strength to teeth that have cavities. Even small cavities with composites can prevent problems from getting worse. Filled cavities also keep your tooth from cracking or breaking.
Why should I get porcelain composites?
Porcelain has 4 major advantages:
Porcelain composites 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.
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
composites 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 composites. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist every 3 months to maximize the life of your composites.
What concerns should I have with porcelain composites?
Be aware of whatever allergies you may have before talking to your dentist about composites. Allergic reactions from dental composite material may cause your body to reject your composite. To prevent discomfort, provide your dentist with all allergy information you have available.
Limited composite Life Span
No composite is completely permanent. Porcelain composite 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 composite 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 composite are right for you at (512) 982-0317!