“Porcelain vs Plastic. It’s your choice.”
You might be confused about what material is right for your fillings or tooth reconstruction.
Do you wonder what’s the difference between plastic restorations vs porcelain? Here are a few simple facts.
Plastic dental fillings and dental tooth bonding are both made from a composite or resin material. They are placed into cavities or moulded to your teeth while they are still soft and pliable. Once the resin is perfectly positioned, the material is hardened and set with a special blue light.
- On the positive side, the dental tooth bonding procedure is done without having to remove much of the natural tooth. Plastic is also less expensive than their porcelain counterparts.
- The downside is that resin is more prone to staining and has to be replaced more often than porcelain fillings or veneers.
Porcelain veneers and fillings are handcrafted ceramic that is shaped and hardened before being bonded onto the new tooth or placed into the cavity.
- This type of filling is especially good for larger cavities, and porcelain veneers most closely mimic the natural enamel of a human tooth. Porcelain is also more durable and very stain resistant.
- They are, however, more expensive and the process is not reversible because a considerable amount of the natural tooth has to be removed in order for the new ceramic veneer to bond well without being too bulky.
Porcelain fillings and veneers, as well as plastic dental fillings and dental tooth bonding are custom-tinted to match surrounding teeth and look completely natural.
Which is best for you?
Dr. Ana Brightleaf is a highly trained dental professional who is fully committed to quality oral care with a holistic approach. After a thorough examination of your teeth, she will discuss your options and answer your questions, so that you can make an informed decision.