At our office, we are proud to offer advanced restorative dentistry in San Diego, California, so you can get back on track to an enduring smile. We offer various types of dental restorations to help cater to your needs and replace your missing teeth with the best possible care.
Gold Alloys: Gold alloys contain gold, copper and other metals that result in a strong, effective filling, crown or bridge. They are primarily used for inlays, onlays, crowns and fixed bridges. They are also highly resistant to corrosion or tarnishing, and they are designed to last for many years to come.
Gold alloys exhibit high strength and toughness that resist fracture and wear. This allows our dentists to remove the least amount of healthy tooth structure when preparing the tooth for the restoration. Gold alloys are also gentle to opposing teeth and are well tolerated by patients. However, their metal colors do not look like natural teeth.
All-Porcelain (Ceramic) Dental Materials: All-porcelain (ceramic) dental materials include porcelain, ceramic or glasslike fillings and crowns. They are used as inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. A veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that can replace or cover part of the enamel of the tooth. 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, depending on the condition of your smile. The restorations are prone to fracture when placed under tension or on impact. The strength of this type of restoration depends on an adequate thickness of porcelain and the ability to be bonded to the underlying tooth. They are highly resistant to wear, but the porcelain can quickly wear opposing teeth if the porcelain surface becomes rough.
Porcelain Fused to Metal: Another type of restoration is porcelain fused to metal, which provides strength to a crown or bridge. These restorations are very strong and durable. The combination of porcelain bonded to a supporting structure of metal creates a stronger restoration than porcelain used alone. More of the existing tooth must be removed to accommodate the restoration. Although they are highly resistant to wear, porcelain restorations can wear down the opposing natural teeth if the porcelain becomes rough. There may be some initial discomfort to hot and cold. While porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations are highly biocompatible, some patients may show an allergic sensitivity to some types of metals used in the restoration.
If you would like to learn more about our restorative services, please feel free to contact us today at 619-298-9839 and set up an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Vaheed Bayette or Dr. Nikko Johnson.