Porcelain vs. Composite Resin Restorations: Which Type Is Better?
Dr. Victor R. Siegel is a leading dentist serving the greater Rockville area, offering patients comprehensive general dentistry services focused on total health and wellness. Many times this involves the use of dental restorations to treat different kinds of cosmetic and health matters.
There are two common kinds of restorations that may be used: porcelain restorations and composite resin restorations. Each material has its advantages, so let's compare the two right now.
About Porcelain Restorations
Porcelain restorations refer to the kinds of dental restorations that are fashioned from a block of porcelain. These kinds of pocelain restorations take the form of inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers, and they are often used to address tooth damage and tooth decay of varying degrees.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Restorations
The best candidates for porcelain restorations are people who have experienced significant amounts of tooth damage or tooth decay. They should have enough healthy tooth structure remaining in place to support a porcelain restoration and they should understand what is required for proper after-care of a porcelain restoration once it is in place.
About Composite Resin Restorations
Composite resin restorations are made of special materials that bond to the tooth structure, allowing dentists to address various kinds of tooth decay and tooth damage. Typically, composite resin restorations take the form of tooth-colored dental fillings and tooth bonding treatments.
Ideal Candidates for Composite Resin Restorations
The best candidates for composite resin restorations are patients who have experienced minor chips or cracks on their teeth, mind dental stains, or minor/basic cavities. As with porcelain restorations, it's important that patients understand the proper after-care required for their composite resin restorations once they are in place.
Advantages of Porcelain Restorations Over Composite Resin
Porcelain dental restorations tend to be much stronger and more durable than composite resins since they are made from a single block of dental porcelain. This is why they tend to be used for more advanced cosmetic and restorative needs. Given the craftsmanship involved, these porcelain dental restorations also tend to achieve very natural results.
Advantages of Composite Resin Restorations Over Porcelain
Composite resin restorations can be created in the dentist's office and do not require waiting on a dental lab or a milling unit to create. This means that on the whole, composite resins are made in the same visit on the spot, and rather quickly. Composite resin restorations are also less expensive given that there is less intensive craftsmanship involved.
Making the Best Dental Care Decisions Based on Your Needs
Both porcelain restorations and composite restorations can achieve great results, though the best option for you can vary. During the consultation process, we will go over all of your options for effective dental care and help you make the best possible decision that will properly address your dental care needs.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
To learn more about your dental care options, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Victor R. Siegel and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping your smile look its absolute best.