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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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As children grow, it’s only natural that we, as parents, go to great lengths to ensure they become healthy and happy adults. Recent studies have shown that tooth decay may affect the way children grow up. These studies found that tooth decay actually inhibits growth in children. Because of these findings, it is important for […]

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Low Vitamin D Could Cause Cavities in Babies

Research done by a team at the University of Manitoba found that “low levels of vitamin D in pregnancy are associated with the development of cavities in babies.” These findings were based upon a survey of 134 expectant mothers. The study took blood samples from each expectant mother to measure vitamin D levels. Then they […]

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1

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Having osteoporosis can affect more than just your bones. The treatment for osteoporosis as well as the disease itself can harm your oral health. If you suffer from osteoporosis, then it is important to let your doctor know about any medications that you may take. Many osteoporosis medicines called antiresorptive agents strive to strengthen bones, […]

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7

Are Cavities Contagious?

While this may come as a surprise, cavities are contagious. That’s right, just like catching a cold in the wintertime, you can also catch a cavity. Although sugar is usually to blame for cavities and tooth decay, studies have shown that cavities can be transmitted. This is because bacteria are the culprit in wearing away […]

Aug
31

Burning Mouth Syndrome: What You Need to Know

Have you ever experienced a burning pain in your mouth for multiple days, months, or maybe even longer? If you have, you may be experiencing Burning Mouth Syndrome, here is what you need to know. While any abnormality in your mouth requires a trip to the doctor, burning in your mouth is a clear sign […]

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