Porcelain veneers have become one of the most common restorative procedures used to enhance smiles without the need of orthodontics. A veneer is a laboratory made porcelain facing bonded on top of your natural tooth. Porcelain veneers look and feel like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can change the color and shape of a tooth, while providing excellent esthetic results in patients with broken or chipped teeth, severe tooth staining, open spaces or misaligned teeth.
Patients will require two sessions for the porcelain veneer procedure. During the first visit, a thin layer of enamel is removed and an impression is made of the tooth. This impression is sent to a laboratory to create the veneer. A temporary restoration similar to the end product is made for the patient at this time.
During the second session, the porcelain veneer is permanently cemented onto the existing tooth surface through the use of a bonding light. The bonding light hardens the resin adhesive cement. Any excess cement is removed and the porcelain veneer is polished.
FAQs About Porcelain Veneers:
What Is The Difference Between Resin (Bonding Veneers) And Porcelain Veneers?
Resin (bonding) veneers are made of a resin, and over time tend to stain or darken. Restoration with resin veneers can be performed in one visit. Porcelain veneers are lab processed and custom-made to fit perfectly over existing teeth. Restoration with porcelain veneers requires two visits since lab work is involved. In both procedures, some enamel will need to be removed so that the veneer or bonding will fit properly.
Do Porcelain Veneers Last Longer Than The Resin Veneers?
Yes. Porcelain veneers are much stronger than resin veneers and have a lifespan similar to crowns, which is usually 5 to 10 years or longer.
Can I Change The Color Or Shape Of My Teeth With Porcelain Veneers?
Yes, porcelain veneers are crafted to the perfect shape and color of teeth.
A porcelain onlay is a restorative procedure used to repair a broken tooth when a filling is not enough. It covers most of the tooth surface to protect it from further fracture, while preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Porcelain onlays are incredibly durable and last far longer than silver or bonded fillings. Because of their durability, porcelain onlays may often prevent the need for root canals by properly sealing the tooth and preventing further decay, which can usually occur underneath regular fillings.
Restoration with porcelain onlays requires two dental visits. During the first session, the tooth is prepared by removing an old filling or clearing any decay. An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to a laboratory that will custom-make the onlay. A temporary filling is placed on the tooth until the final visit. In the final visit, the temporary filling is removed and the porcelain onlay is fitted and cemented onto the tooth.
FAQs About Porcelain Onlays:
Why Should I Get A Porcelain Onlay Instead Of A Tooth-Colored Resin Filling?
In some cases, there is insufficient tooth structure left to hold a regular filling. An onlay will seal the tooth better than a traditional filling and reduce the need for a replacement in the future.
How Long Do Porcelain Onlays Last?
A porcelain onlay can last as long as a porcelain crown if proper dental care is maintained. The life- span of a porcelain onlay is usually 5 to 10 years, or longer.
Should I Just Get A Crown Instead Of A Porcelain Onlay?
A porcelain onlay is less invasive than a crown because the tooth structure is preserved and only the missing part of the tooth is restored with the onlay. A crown covers the entire tooth all the way to the gum line, requiring more drilling than a porcelain onlay.
Porcelain crowns are single tooth restorations performed in cases where there is insufficient tooth structure left after fractures, decay or failing restorations. Crowns cover the entire visible tooth surface and protect and strengthen broken teeth, restoring them to proper function.
Restoration with porcelain crowns requires two visits. During the first session, the tooth is prepared by drilling any old fillings and cleaning out decay. It is then shaped and fitted for the porcelain crown. A custom shade is taken to color-match the tooth, and a mold is created of the tooth and sent to a laboratory. All porcelain crowns are custom-made in a laboratory. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown until the final visit, where the crown is tried on and adjusted before being permanently cemented onto the tooth.
Porcelain crowns can also be used in cosmetic procedures to improve the outward appearance of the teeth.
FAQs About Porcelain Crowns:
Will I Need A Root Canal Before Getting A Porcelain Crown?
No, a root canal is not always necessary before getting a porcelain crown. Sometimes restorations with porcelain crowns are performed to avoid root canal by preventing the further fracture of a tooth.
Is A Porcelain Crown Permanent Or Can It Be Removed?A porcelain crown is permanent and non-removable.
How Long Do Porcelain Crowns Last?Porcelain crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years and usually longer if the patient practices proper dental care.
Do Porcelain Crowns Look Like Real Teeth?Yes, porcelain crowns are custom-made to match existing teeth.