At Gentle Dental we use dental porcelain for a variety of prosthetics. We also offer composite resin for some of these, such as veneers, but we prefer to use dental porcelain. We think it looks the most like natural tooth enamel and is very durable.
Here’s some more information about dental porcelain and why we love it at Gentle Dental.
What’s so great about dental porcelain?
Dental porcelain presents a close visual approximation to natural tooth enamel. Like enamel, it is slightly translucent, meaning you can see through it slightly. It also absorbs some light and reflects some light, just as natural tooth enamel does. This makes your teeth bright, but not overly reflective, when they are covered with dental porcelain.
In some ways, porcelain is superior to tooth enamel. Porcelain is actually more stain resistant than tooth enamel. It is the slightly porous nature of tooth enamel that allows your teeth to become stained when drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, or eating things like raspberries. Porcelain is highly resistant to staining, and it stays that way.
Also, we can adjust the color of the porcelain used for your veneers, crowns, or the artificial tooth for your implant. With natural tooth enamel, you’re pretty much stuck with the color you were born with, and some people simply have enamel that is a little more yellow than white. With dental porcelain we can precisely match your natural tooth enamel color if you’re having just a single veneer or crown placed. Or, if you’re having a full set of porcelain veneers, we can opt to brighten your color quite a bit.
Dental porcelain is incredibly strong. That’s why dental implants can last for the remainder of a patient’s life. Not only will the titanium implant base remain a part of your jawbone, but the artificial porcelain tooth attached to it will last for decades.
Where do we use dental porcelain?
At Gentle Dental, here’s where we use dental porcelain:
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain implants
- Porcelain fused to metal for bridges
- Porcelain inlays and onlays
Now you know why we love dental porcelain as much at Gentle Dental as your grandma loved her English porcelain china dishes!