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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.



Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims

Between the crack of the bottle cap, the bubbly fizz, the first refreshing sip, and zero calories to boot—diet soda can be totally addicting. But is it possible to enjoy this delight without any side effects? A new study states that diet soda could indeed be as “damaging to teeth as methamphetamine, or cocaine.” When […]


Are you better off without toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately come to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste – a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, […]


Recognizing and Treating Gingivitis

When we think about oral health, one of the major parts of our mouth that can cause problems is the gum. If gums become red and often bleed, it may be an indication of gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease. One is called gingivitis and the other, periodontitis. Periodontitis is the […]


Bridges vs. Implants

If you are missing several teeth you know how difficult it can be. Missing teeth can cause problems with speech, chewing, and in some more serious cases, even the overall shape of the face. While these challenges may seem difficult and impossible to fix, there are things that can be done to restore your smile […]


How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Whether it was a car accident, a fall, or some other traumatic mishap that led to you harming your teeth, here is a guide on what to do if you chip, crack, break, dislodge, or lose a tooth. Oftentimes, traumatic accidents can damage your teeth. When that occurs, a dentist can help fix the problem, […]

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