Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.
All-porcelain (ceramic) dental materials include porcelain, ceramic or glasslike fillings and crowns. All-porcelain (ceramic) restorations are particularly desirable because their color and translucency mimic natural tooth enamel.
All-porcelain restorations require a minimum of two visits and possibly more. They are highly resistant to wear but the porcelain can quickly wear opposing teeth if the porcelain surface becomes rough.
No special maintenance is needed other than good oral hygiene each day. Look for oral hygiene products that display the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner. Regular dental visits are a must for maintaining healthy teeth.