Porcelain Fillings

5th Ave Smile

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Aurora, CO

Fillings are associated with cavities but are used to fix all sorts of tooth damage. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth as well as teeth worn down from grinding or nail-biting. Porcelain fillings stand out as a brighter, natural-looking solution for damaged teeth. At 5th Ave Smile in Aurora, Colorado, the team’s top priority is delivering the best options for your tooth repair. In addition, the team offers same-day services after a thorough diagnosis. To learn more about porcelain fillings and if it’s right for you, call the practice or use the online booking tool today.

Porcelain Fillings

What is a porcelain filling?

Porcelain fillings repair or restore teeth that have a cavity, breakage, or other dental decay. They also protect teeth from standard bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. 

The porcelain used in dental fixtures is both compact and durable – hard, if not harder, than your teeth’s natural enamel. Once the team fits your porcelain correctly and adheres it to the teeth, the filling itself can last just as long as the tooth to which it is affixed. 

Unlike metal fillings, porcelain is not prone to contracting and expanding under extreme temperatures. The fluctuations in metal fillings gradually weaken the tooth over time. In contrast, porcelain fillings always maintain their same shape and size, preserving the integrity of the original tooth.

In addition to maintaining and protecting the teeth, porcelain fillings help them look white day after day. The white, natural fillings blend in so well with the other teeth that they are virtually unnoticeable. 

Sometimes, it can take a bit of time for the fillings to feel normal for the patient due to the new substances tasting or looking a certain way in the beginning.

What should I expect during a porcelain filling procedure? 

Your dentist applies a local anesthetic to numb the area around the damaged tooth before they remove the decayed area. 

After ensuring there is no lingering decay, your dentist cleans the remaining tooth of bacteria and debris. If the decayed portion of the tooth is near the root, they might apply a liner to protect the nerve. 

Next, your dentist applies tooth-colored porcelain ceramic in layers. A special light hardens each layer after application. After this multilayering process, your dentist shapes the porcelain, trimming off any excess material, and polishes the final product. 

How long do porcelain fillings last?

Porcelain fillings are durable and last longer than composite or amalgam fillings. Porcelain fillings last an average of 20 years while composite fillings last 5-10 years. Amalgam fillings last 10-15 years.

The 5th Ave Smile team strives to apply porcelain fillings that look and feel great. After every visit, patients leave with a stronger and brighter smile. 

If your teeth have damage or decay, call or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.