Porcelain as a favored material for use in Dentistry

Dentist’s Use Porcelain for Restorations

Porcelain used in Dentistry

Porcelain crowns that look like natural teeth

There are various dental materials on the market today for any of a number of modalities. Some dental materials provide strength, others esthetics, and some provide both. They all have their advantages and drawbacks and may be recommended for certain treatments and not others. Ceramics have played a role in dentistry dating as far back as 1889 with the invention of the all-porcelain “jacket” crown, and porcelain is still highly used in dental restorations.  Porcelain has a beautiful lifelike appearance and it is easily bonded to teeth.

What are the pros and cons of dental porcelain?

Porcelain is a ceramic, or glass-like material, that is used to fabricate dental inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers. The strength of porcelain depends upon adequate thickness. Therefore when used in restorations, it requires more tooth structure to be removed. Multiple appointments due to laboratory fabrication are required when receiving a porcelain restoration.

Wear Resistance

Porcelain is a biocompatible material that is usually well-tolerated by patients. It is highly wear resistant, but can cause excessive wear to opposing teeth when and if it becomes rough. The strength of the restoration depends upon the quality of the bond to the underlying tooth structure. Porcelain is a brittle material that is known to fracture or crack under tension or heavy biting loads. It is often reinforced with a metal base when used for back teeth.


Ceramic porcelain dental materials are the treatment of choice for front teeth and noticeable back teeth because they are highly esthetic. The color and translucency mimic natural teeth, and they can be fabricated to blend with surrounding dentition.

 About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable staff. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States 

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