Porcelain Fillings Questions
What are porcelain fillings?
Porcelain fillings are stronger than white or metal fillings. Porcelain actually makes the tooth stronger than the enamel. In addition, porcelain not only fills the cavity, but adheres to the remainder of the tooth for a stronger bond.
What is the difference between porcelain metal fillings?
Metal fillings are made of 50% mercury. Recent studies suggest this can cause potential health risks. Also, instead of bonding with the tooth, a metal filling simply fills the hole left by the cavity. Thus, the metal filling can come dislodged over time or allow bacteria to seep down into the tooth. But a porcelain filling permanently covers, fills, and adheres to the rest of your tooth, preventing further decay in the future.
Why should I consider replacing my old fillings?
Although the subject is still debated, metal fillings have been banned in many European countries. Because of the mercury content, health officials believe metal fillings may eventually cause health problems, although this has not been proven scientifically. Some medical professionals suspect mercury can erode into the body, and may be responsible for health related issues concerning headaches or arthritis. While it’s probably not necessary to have all of your metal fillings replaced right away, you’ll want to seriously consider replacing them with porcelain when the time comes that they are ready to be replaced.
Why are porcelain fillings better?
Porcelain fillings have many positive benefits over other types of filling materials:
- Porcelain is custom shaded to match the color of the tooth
- Porcelain actually makes the original tooth stronger
- Porcelain adheres to the natural tooth
- Porcelain bonds to the tooth to help prevent further decay
- Porcelain helps maintain a beautiful and healthy smile
Is porcelain an affordable choice?
Porcelain fillings will save you money in the long run. Since porcelain bonds with and strengthens the tooth, it also helps prevent further tooth decay. When porcelain fillings are taken care of, they can last several years longer than metal fillings. This cuts down on the pain involved with missing fillings, and costly return trips to the dentist.
Smiles By Sands wants you to have the best care and the best dental health. If you are concerned about affordability, ask about our many payment options to ensure you can meet all of your goals for a beautiful smile.
How can I find out more about porcelain fillings?
For more information about porcelain fillings, please contact us for a free porcelain fillings consultation to evaluate your overall dental health and address any concerns or questions. We want to help make sure your beautiful smile will last a lifetime, and we look forward to caring for the dental needs of you and your family.