July 4, 2018
Pursuing a career in dentistry is more than about oral biology or polishing teeth. While preventive care is the most typical service dentists provide, it also involves working with a wide variety of materials to solve numerous dental problems. Some materials are incredibly versatile while others serve a more specific purpose.
That’s why we’ll be talking about the common materials used for dental veneers, as well as a few others you may hear your dentist talk about!
Why Dentists Often Choose Porcelain for Dental Veneers
If you have discoloration in your teeth that simply won’t go away or you have cosmetic cracks from a dental injury, porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile. While dentists typically use porcelain, you can also have them made from composite resin, a plastic that can be produced at a lower cost.
Porcelain, a heated ceramic material, is often chosen for aesthetic dental treatments because of how much it resembles natural teeth. In fact, it even refracts light in the same way as natural teeth, making them ideal for cosmetic purposes. They’re also durable, easy to customize, and much smoother than natural teeth, making them less prone to staining.
Of course, if you choose a premium material for improving your smile, you can expect to pay more than you would with composite resin veneers. Just keep in mind that composite veneers will not last nearly as long.
Other Popular Materials in Dentistry
We aren’t stopping at dental veneers when it comes to materials. Dentists make use of many when they’re trying to rebuild smiles. Consider a few of the most common ones below:
- Titanium – Often used for dental implants thanks to their ability to bond with organic tissue. If a patient is allergic, a strong ceramic known as zirconium can be used in its place.
- Gold – An alloy typically used for crowns placed on top of back teeth.
- Amalgam – A sealant containing multiple metal components, including silver, tin, and copper allied with mercury. While this mercury is stable, it’s becoming less popular among patients and dentists due to its materials being replaced with composite resin.
- Composite – An ideal alternative to silver when placing fillings, this material can be spread and hardened instantly using a blue hardening lamp. It’s ideal for filling cavities, performing certain types of dental bonding, and sealing permanent crowns and bridges.
- Acrylic Resin – When you buy removable dentures, the false gums are made from acrylic. The teeth are typically made from either acrylic resin or ceramic as well, depending on the patient’s preference.
Curious about what your dentist uses for your restorations? Schedule an appointment to see if you need one to protect your oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr has been providing restorations to patients for over 10 years. Whether you need implant restorations as part of a full mouth reconstruction, or dental veneers to cover cosmetic blemishes, he has you covered. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.
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