Porcelain fillings help protect the teeth by covering them or filling them with porcelain to help prevent tooth decay and maintain their natural strength. The attractive white fillings give the teeth a bright, but natural-looking color. Instead of the patient getting their teeth whitened, they are getting their teeth filled with real porcelain, with a simple surgical procedure. Usually, dental fillings are done if a patient has a tooth cavity or any dental decay that necessitates immediate restoration or removal.
Porcelain Fillings for Healthier, Whiter Teeth
Porcelain fillings are a kind of colored medium for teeth that serve to protect them from standard bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. The fillings both maintain and protect the teeth and help them look white day after day.
The white, natural fillings are virtually unnoticeable since they blend in so well with the other teeth and give the patient a radiant smile following the procedure. Sometimes, it can take a bit of time for the fillings to feel normal for the patient due to the new substances tasting or looking a certain way in the beginning. However, these kinds of fillings are considered much healthier and are less vulnerable to developing cavities in the teeth.
Other Key Benefits of Porcelain Fillings
The actual porcelain that has used in common dental fixtures is a very compact and durable ceramic that is as hard, if not harder than your teeth’s natural enamel. Once the porcelain filling is properly fitted and adhered to the teeth, the filling itself can last just as long as the tooth to which it is affixed.
Since porcelain is an extremely durable material, it can be tinted to match virtually any shade and can even be tinted in a variety of shades. Porcelain fillings are matched so well to your natural tooth color that they are nearly invisible.
Unlike other less resilient substances, porcelain is not prone to contracting and expanding under extreme temperatures. Metal fillings, on the other hand, are known to contract and expand, which gradually weakens the entire structure of the targeted tooth over time. Porcelain fillings will always maintain their same shape and size, preserving the integrity of the original tooth.
Porcelain is a highly desirable and common filling because it’s:
- Unnoticeable (invisible)
- Highly aesthetic
- Chemically stable
- Extremely wear resistant, particularly when bonded with metal
- Often lasts up to 30 years or more due to the unique bonding and fitting process that’s used
At Jamie Elizabeth Sands, D.D.S. in Studio City, we offer many different cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain fillings. Our medical team, led by Dr. Jamie Sands, will work with you to determine the safest and most effective dental treatment for your needs. Contact Jamie Elizabeth Sands, D.D.S. today to schedule your consultation.