While your aunt up in Biddeford may think of porcelain only as in her English bone china with the birds on it, at Kalil & Kress we think of another kind porcelain — dental porcelain. We use porcelain for our veneers and numerous other restorations.
And we use it more than just two days a year, unlike your aunt’s china!
Here’s why Dr. Kalil and Dr. Kress love dental porcelain for our restorations.
What’s the big deal with dental porcelain?
Some dentists use composite resin for veneers and even some bridgework, but we use dental porcelain for a variety of reasons.
The biggest reason is that dental porcelain very closely resembles natural tooth enamel. Like enamel, it is slightly translucent, meaning you can see through it slightly. It also absorbs some light and reflects some light, just as natural tooth enamel does. This makes your teeth bright, but not overly reflective, when they are covered with dental porcelain.
In some ways, porcelain is superior to tooth enamel. Porcelain is actually more stain resistant than tooth enamel. That’s because our tooth enamel is slightly porous, even though it seems hard as a rock. That’s why it stains when we drink coffee, tea, or red wine, or eating things like raspberries. Porcelain is highly resistant to staining, and it stays that way.
Also, we can adjust the color of the porcelain used for your restoration. With natural tooth enamel, you’re pretty much stuck with the color you were born with, and some people simply have enamel that is a little more yellow than white. With dental porcelain we can precisely match your natural tooth enamel color if you’re having just a single veneer or crown placed. Or, if you’re having a full set of porcelain veneers, we can opt to brighten your color quite a bit. We can make it movie star white if you wish!
Dental porcelain is incredibly strong. That’s why dental implants can last for the remainder of a patient’s life. Not only will the titanium implant base remain a part of your jawbone, but the artificial porcelain tooth attached to it will last for decades.
Where do we use dental porcelain?
At Kalil & Kress, here’s where we use dental porcelain:
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain implants
- Porcelain fused to metal for bridges
- Porcelain inlays and onlays
Now you know why we love dental porcelain as much at Kalil & Kress as your aunt loves her English porcelain china dishes!
Call us at (603) 880-7004 to schedule your next cleaning and exam.