Durable and beautiful, porcelain is one of the most popular materials for dental restorations. The key to getting the best results is to make sure your dentist has plenty of experience in porcelain restoration techniques. As a leading cosmetic dentistry practice in Larchmont, New York, Comprehensive Dental Group is a top provider of state-of-the-art porcelain restorations for beautiful results that last. To learn how porcelain restorations can protect your teeth and enhance your smile, call the office or book an appointment online with our expert team of professionals today.
Porcelain restorations can correct many types of tooth damage, including fractured teeth, teeth with extensive decay, and damaged or missing fillings.
The most common types of porcelain restorations include:
Porcelain restorations, like crowns, can also be used to replace or “hide” large, dark fillings so your smile looks healthy and beautiful.
Porcelain is highly favored by dentists and patients when it comes to restorations for two reasons: They’re beautiful and durable.
Porcelain restorations can be shaped and tinted to match the contours and color of the surrounding tooth material, so they blend in beautifully, creating an “invisible” repair. With good care, these carefully designed restorations can last for 10-20 years (regular brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly professional cleanings).
Another benefit of porcelain restorations? The bonding process used with porcelain restorations may strengthen your tooth, helping protect it from future problems.
Inlays and onlays are restorations used to “fix” teeth that are broken or damaged by decay. They can also be used to replace large amalgam fillings that have darkened over time.
The main difference between inlays and onlays is the amount of tooth material that they replace: Inlays cover the part of your tooth between the “points” or “cusps”, while onlays extend over at least one cusp and can even extend down the side of the tooth.
The specific application process will vary depending on the type of restoration — inlay, onlay, crown, or veneer. Generally, application of a porcelain restoration takes a couple of office visits.
During the first visit, the team prepares the tooth for restoration, typically removing some of the tooth material to make room for the veneer. Your dentist takes an impression of the tooth and selects the shade for the restoration, so it blends with the surrounding teeth, then applies a temporary restoration to protect the tooth until your next visit.
At the second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary restoration and the tooth surface is carefully cleaned before being attached to the permanent restoration with a special dental adhesive. Finally, the dentist polishes the restoration for a beautiful result.
Don’t let an imperfect smile take a toll on your confidence. Call Comprehensive Dental Group or book an appointment online and learn how porcelain restorations can help you look and feel your best.