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Porcelain fillings VS Regular fillings

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / Oct 29, 2018  
Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  
Oct 29, 2018  

Porcelain fillings VS Regular fillings. Which one is better!

Let's talk about Porcelain fillings Vs Regular fillings. Regular natural tooth fillings are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Instead, more people are opting for implants or white fillings.

Which look way better and are more robust and more durable. The biggest downside of those two options is that they don't look natural and may be a little more expensive. But for those of you who love the look of natural teeth, porcelain fillings are the way to go!

When considering whether to get a tooth filled or not, there are countless questions you should ask yourself. What colour? What shape? Are you worried about aesthetics? Or do you want to get it filled because you have a cavity and need it filled? Do you want it to be dentally conservative? Or do you want to be seen as a bad-ass?

So you might have had a cavity and now need a dental filling. Your dentist can offer several types of restorations.

  • Regular fillings ( Black or Tooth coloured)
  • Ceramic / Porcelain fillings (CEEC restorations)
  • Dental Crowns

We've all been there: you're looking forward to a simple dental appointment, and then bam: both of your front teeth start hurting. The discomfort of your bottom left or correct front teeth are going through a process called tooth decay (also known as dental caries). Unfortunately, most people don't even see the Tooth is infected until the pain begins.

Regular natural tooth fillings

Porcelain fillings Vs Regular fillings

Having a tooth filled is a daunting task, and you can't always be sure that you will even like the dentist you choose. But, the fact remains that when a tooth is damaged or decays, you have to fix it.
Many people are unaware of it, but regular natural tooth fillings are available. These are the fillings made of raw materials such as glass, metal, and bio-compatible resin. They are often called "pre-filled" and are not as common as amalgam fillings. They are usually less expensive than conventional crown and bridge services.

Benefits of Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain fillings are made of ceramic material and are less common treatment options. They are typically made to look like a tooth but can be coloured or tinted to match surrounding teeth. Tooth decay is a serious oral health concern, yet it is preventable.

There are many treatment options for tooth decay, from tooth bleaching to filling cavities with porcelain. Let's continue and read more about Porcelain fillings Vs Regular fillings. Lower priced, unmodified tooth fillings are typically made by baking a mixture of calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, and silica powder in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1000-2000º C.

Composite Fillings - aka Tooth coloured fillings

Composite fillings are the fillings you probably have. They are the most common options as they are more affordable and toothy coloured. So no black horrible looking amalgam filling in your mouth to some people believe "releasing toxic mercury" !!
Composite resins are made of plastic and suitable for small to medium fillings. Due to economic reasons, these fillings can be sometimes used in large cavities, but that is not recommended.

Advantages of Composite Fillings:

  • Composite - resin fillings are more natural-looking than amalgam (black) fillings.
  • Resin fillings can be vital as they bond to the Tooth, while an amalgam may sometimes weaken the Tooth as it requires more tooth structure to be removed.
  • Composite fillings can fit into tiny holes and do not need dental structure to be removed as much as amalgam fillings do.

Disadvantages of Composite fillings :

  • In large fillings, composite or resin fillings will wear out sooner than porcelain fillings (average life can be a few years)
  • Tooth filled with composite can be sensitive for some time after the filling.

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Author Minoo GhamariAuthor: Dr Minoo Ghamari

Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist

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