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How Fragile is Porcelain Dental Work?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

When you hear the word porcelain, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A fragile figurine or an old-school tea set? We normally do not usually associate the term with our teeth, but when discussing topics of crowns, veneers, and bridges it is a common word to come across. If associated with fragility however, then why exactly are dentists using this material so often? Don’t we want our teeth to withstand even the slightest of rigor, and be strong enough to stay intact?

The answer in short is yes. But you may be surprised to learn that with regards to eating, drinking, and chewing, porcelain is actually equally durable to our natural teeth…and sometimes even stronger!

There are many different types of porcelain from “glass leucite, to zirconium, to lithium disilicate,” and choosing one depends on your individual teeth. Our first thoughts of porcelain may be that of fragile and delicate but in truth all types of porcelain that are applied to our teeth are resilient enough to last a lifetime! If you have any questions regarding the durability of this material or the process in which your dentist uses, set up a consultation to discuss the best option for you and your teeth. Your pearly whites will not only look better and whiter, but will be able to withstand many of life’s accidents and incidents.

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Is Your City Fluoridating Their water? Here’s One That Didn’t

Although scientists have already provided ample evidence that fluoridating drinking water can help reduce dental carries (cavities), many cities still choose to forego fluoridation. If your city is choosing to stop fluoridating their water or if the water isn’t currently being fluoridated, this story of what happened in Juneau, Alaska might be a wake-up call. […]

Dec
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The Abuse of Teeth in Nursing Homes

By the time you have reached your seventies, your teeth are tired. Even with proper care and regular trips to the dentist, your teeth and gums have gone through a lifetime of wear and tear. Teeth can withstand this wear and tear if they have received proper care and treatment throughout their life, but for […]

Dec
2

What is Enamel and How Does it Work?

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’ve heard them talk about enamel. Dentists spend a lot of time talking to their patients about enamel, plaque, and tooth decay. We believe that to really understand how to keep your teeth healthy, you have to know what enamel is and how best to take care […]

Nov
25

Treating Cracked and Chipped Teeth

Cracked a Tooth? Cracking or chipping your tooth can be extremely painful. While a chipped or cracked tooth may cause issues with chewing, biting, and eating, it can also cause further harm to your other teeth. What Happens? A cracked tooth can cause harm to the root of the tooth and can sometimes lead to […]

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