Would it surprise you to learn that your dentist at Marineland Dental Care uses technology that was invented 2,000 years ago? It’s true! That technology is porcelain, and today it is the best material for attractive and durable dental restorations, such as veneers and bridges.
I know that in Kennewick, WA we’re big fans of advanced technology; after all, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is practically right next door! But I think that even they’d agree that some of the old tricks are the best tricks, and nothing in dental science has yet come as close to replicated the look and strength of your natural teeth quite like porcelain.
What Makes Porcelain So Special To Dentistry?
Porcelain was invented about 2,000 years ago in China, during the Han dynasty. It made its way to Europe in the 1500s, where it got the name “porcelain” from the Italian word for a specific type of very translucent sea shell, porcellana.
Certainly advancements have been made since then, but porcelain is the same in many ways to the stuff being churned out all those years ago. Porcelain has endured as useful material because of its great strength and durability coupled with its delicate beauty. That makes it a great material for dentists! Here’s specifically why we use porcelain to repair damaged teeth.
Dentists rely on porcelain’s great aesthetic similarity to natural teeth. That basically means that they are virtually indistinguishable from one another. A dental restoration that is made of porcelain doesn’t stick out like a gold crown might; instead, a porcelain dental restoration is very discrete, and nobody but you will know you’ve had any dental work done at all!
Ceramics in general are known to be very, strong, and porcelain is no exception. The hardness of materials is measured according to the Mohs Scale. In its most basic form, the Mohs Scale goes from 1 to 10; minerals like talc have a score of 1; at the top of the scale are very hard minerals like diamonds. Porcelain has a score of 7!
Porcelain needs to be durable, because it has to be able to withstand the forces that are generated when you bite, chew, and grind food. Porcelain also doesn’t dilute in water, making it ideal for a wet place like your oral cavity. Porcelain also has properties that make it very stain resistant, which makes maintenance of porcelain dental restorations a lot easer on you.
Porcelain is biocompatible; this means that unlike other materials (such as metal), it won’t cause your immune system to react, which you experience as an allergic response. Between its looks and its biocompatibility, porcelain is nearly impossible for someone to notice. If you’re the type that might be embarrassed by evidence of serious dental work (and who could blame you? Heavily damaged and missing teeth are embarrassing), you should really consider the benefits and advantages of porcelain.
How is Porcelain Used at Marineland Dental Care?
We use porcelain in our dental bridges and veneers.
Veneers are a dental restoration that provides many kinds of cosmetic enhancements to your smile; most people who have veneers placed do so because their teeth are very damaged due to injury or disease. Veneers work by covering up damaged teeth; veneers are very thin, and they’re custom made for your teeth specifically.
Veneers can effectively repair fractures, signs of considerable wear (that result from conditions like bruxism or teeth-grinding), cracks, and the difficult stains caused by certain medications.
We offer both porcelain veneers and composite veneers; composite here means a type of plastic. Which is best for you will depend on a number of factors, but porcelain veneers are more durable and more attractive than composite veneers (although composite veneers can be more cost effective). We also offer a third option, dental bonding. Dental bonding also covers up damage, but instead of a custom made restoration, a composite resin is applied directly to the teeth. It is the most affordable, but of the three it doesn’t last very long.
A dental bridge is a solution for those who are missing one or more teeth. Bridges have existed for quite some time (not as long as porcelain, of course), and the design is more or less the same. Two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap left by a tooth that has been lost, support an artificial tooth.
Porcelain bridges are much easier to keep clean than other alternatives, and once again, their durability and aesthetics are second to none.
Looking For Some Fine China For Your Teeth?
Marineland Dental Care provides quality general and cosmetic dentistry, and you overall wellbeing is our first concern. We can work with you to identify the dental solutions that work best for you (in terms of your oral health, and your budget).
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