Fillings are one of the most effective and least invasive ways to restore a tooth. However, some of the more common materials used to make fillings do not serve a patient’s needs. James Gallagher, DDS, offers porcelain fillings to make sure everyone can keep a functionally healthy smile.
In general, the reasons to receive a porcelain filling are the same as receiving any filling: to restore the structure of the tooth after certain conditions have weakened it.
The difference between porcelain and other filling materials is the amount of tooth restored. Composite and amalgam fillings help teeth with smaller amounts of wear and decay but lose their ability to be durable at a certain size. However, there is still a middle ground of restorative needs that cannot be treated by fillings but would be overtreated with crowns. Porcelain fillings, otherwise known as inlays and onlays, can rebuild a tooth in these circumstances.
Additionally, porcelain is a better blend of resilience and beauty outside these parameters. Porcelain doesn’t wear down as quickly as composite, and its coloration and translucence give the treated tooth a more natural appearance than resin or amalgam would.
Porcelain is great for patients who need a filling and thought their only choices were composite or amalgam. These patients can gain a smile that inspires confidence and stays healthy. However, every patient is different, and some cases require a different restorative option.
One common example is when the amount of structure to restore does not justify the amount of alteration required to host a porcelain filling. Every kind of filling requires the removal of healthy tooth material to be placed. Porcelain takes up much more room than composite, so smaller instances of decay or chipping may require a tooth-colored resin filling.
Another challenge is when teeth grinding and jaw clenching exist in the smile. Unlike composite and amalgam, which bend with the present force, porcelain may crack when exposed to this much friction.
If you want to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, porcelain fillings may be your best option. James Gallagher, DDS, offers these restorations to all patients in and near Kingwood. Call our office and schedule an appointment today to find out if these restorations are right for you.
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