What is a porcelain filling?
Porcelain fillings are also called dental inlays or onlays, and they are excellent alternatives to crowns. When a tooth is cracked, or an old filling is leaking or failing, an inlay or onlay is an ideal way to restore the tooth. Dentists used to have to grind teeth down to nubs and place crowns on teeth, but porcelain fillings allow us to be more conservative. Whenever possible, we prefer to keep your teeth intact and restore only the unhealthy or unstable parts of your teeth.
What is the process of a porcelain filling?
A porcelain filling takes two appointments. At the first appointment, we remove the unhealthy part of the tooth, including any decay, old fillings, or cracks. We then take an impression to send to the lab, so that our master ceramist can create a piece of porcelain that fits into the tooth, like a puzzle piece! This porcelain restores any portion of the tooth that had to be removed, so it will look like a complete tooth again. When you leave the office, you will have a temporary filling in place.
The second appointment will be about 3-4 weeks after the first, and will include having the porcelain filling bonded into your tooth. When you leave, you will be able to use the porcelain filling just like it was your natural tooth. When taken care of, these porcelain fillings can last decades.
Should I get a porcelain filling?
A porcelain filling is the ideal treatment of a chipped, decayed, or cracked tooth that does not already have a crown. It is more conservative than a crown and typically lasts much longer than a traditional filling because it is made of stronger material. We’re seeing more and more offices offering same-day crowns. While the technology is improving rapidly, Roswell Complete Dentistry has yet to find an option that produces the same high quality standards as our master ceramists do.