How Fragile is Porcelain Dental Work?

When we hear the word porcelain, we usually think of very fine, fragile china. But porcelain really isn’t fragile. Think about it – toilets are made of porcelain and they last forever, floor tiles are made of porcelain and we walk on them for years. Why should porcelain dental work be any less resilient?

The truth is that porcelain and ceramic dental work is just about as strong as your regular tooth enamel, and in some cases, even stronger. If a regular tooth gets hit with a hammer, it will break. A porcelain veneer will also break when hit with a hammer. Hopefully, having your dental veneers hit with a hammer is something that can be avoided!

Crowns, bridges and veneers are made is special dental laboratories by trained technicians. Every dentist has their “favorite” labs that they like to work with and over time dentists weed out the labs that produce poor quality restorations. These labs use various types of porcelains and ceramics to create the crowns, bridges and veneers. Some are stronger than others and some have a more lifelike appearance. Where and when each type is used is decided by the dentist considering the needs of the patient.

Think about that fine porcelain china. You may have a set that belonged to your grandmother, or even great grandmother. It has been washed, handled, moved and eaten from but I bet most of the set is still intact. Yes, if you drop a plate it will shatter, but when that plate is used as intended it will last a lifetime.

Find out more about how porcelain crowns, bridges or veneers can reshape your smile. Please contact Asheville cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282.

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