Difference between porcelain and composite fillings

Isn’t it wonderful that we no longer have to have metal in our mouths. We are lucky that we live in an era that we can have white fillings to mimic the natural aesthetic of our mouths. There are two different white fillings I’d like to share with you.

Porcelain Fillings – also referred to as inlay/onlay cerec fillings

  • These are pressed or milled outside the mouth and then cemented into the prepared cavity
  • Technical innovation – designed digitally and then cemented by a dentist
  • Cerec fillings are best suited to large fillings, back molars, amalgam replacements.
  • Great for grinders and those that wear heavy on their teeth.
  • Consider Cerec fillings when a tooth needs more than one surface replaced.
  • Cosmetic repairs in front teeth where the repairs requires shape, colour and size modifications.
  • More expensive than composite but will last longer

Composite Fillings – also referred to as resin filling or plastic filling

  • Similar to a puddy like texture, is placed directly on the prepared cavity area and then cures and bonds with the tooth
  • Good for small cavities
  • Cheaper that porcelain and but need to be replaced more often
  • For teeth that don’t take much wear and tear these composites are good
  • Good for when only a small surface area needs to be repaired
  • Good for cavities that are near the gum line

Porcelain is definitely superior to composite but it does cost a lot more and you need to consider your budget and the amount of work being done. If you want something that lasts longer it may end up being cheaper in the long run. Speak to your dentist about which option best suits you.