What most people know as porcelain fillings are actually fillings made of a composite resin. This material allows us to create natural looking dental fillings that do not stand out from the color of your teeth. The composite resin also allows us to conserve more tooth structure than a metal filling, which requires more tooth structure to be removed before the metal filling is placed.
There is no way to know for sure how long your porcelain fillings will last. Some patients have had them for a decade or more. But others may need to replace the fillings after several years. Various factors can influence their longevity, including:
- Your oral hygiene habits
- Whether the porcelain filling is protected from unnecessary force
- Whether you sustain a sports injury or other trauma to the mouth
Like your natural tooth enamel, porcelain fillings are quite strong but can break under forceful pressure. You can prevent breaking your teeth and porcelain fillings by not chewing on ice or pen tips, and never using your teeth to open packaging. Sometimes, you cannot do anything to avoid porcelain filling damage, and in such cases our dentist can promptly replace the filling and restore the full function of the tooth.
If you are interested in porcelain fillings in Burke, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban, DDS, to schedule an appointment.