Porcelain Filling FAQs


What are porcelain fillings used for?

They can be used to fill new cavities in decaying teeth or to replace unsightly, potentially dangerous mercury-metal amalgam fillings.

Who is the best candidate for porcelain fillings?

Anyone who has a new cavity or would like to replace an old mercury-metal filling or old stained plastic filling. If this describes you, you should contact our office to schedule a complimentary smile analysis.

Why are porcelain fillings better than amalgam?

They are superior for a variety of reasons. The first is that they now have the strength and density needed to adhere to your teeth better than metal. Secondly, they have the exact color and sheen of your natural teeth so no one will ever know the fillings are there. Lastly, they don’t contain any hazardous material such as mercury.

How long will porcelain fillings last?

If you stick to the recommended dental hygiene practices, they should last for decades.

Are porcelain fillings more expensive than metal fillings?

Yes, initially they are more expensive. But because porcelain fillings last longer than metal fillings, over time the cost ends up equaling out, or costing you a lot less.  The typical life-cycle of a mercury metal filling is it fails requiring a larger filling a few times which weakens the tooth and increases the bacterial invasion of the pulp or nerve of the tooth.  Eventually, the expansion and contraction of the metal in the tooth, combined with the wear and tear of biting, leads to a fracture and a part of the tooth actually breaks off.  This results in a crown and very often, a root canal as well.  

Had that tooth been restored with a conservative porcelain filling, that generally stops that process and you get to keep more healthy tooth longer and likely won’t ever need treatment like root canals to help you keep that tooth for a lifetime.

Are porcelain fillings usually covered by dental insurance?

If they are being used to fill a new cavity, insurance will usually cover a percentage of the cost. When replacing amalgam fillings, insurance does not generally cover the cost because it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Insurance companies have included language into your plan that allows them to avoid paying for newer technology and better treatment in favor of what they call the ‘lowest cost alternative’, which happens to be mercury-metal fillings introduced into dentistry in the late 1800s.  The science of dentistry has grown quite a lot since the days before cars and planes were invented!  Whether your insurance covers some of the cost or not, we can help you find a financing option that works with your budget.

If you are located in the Georgetown, Texas area and you would like to improve your smile for any reason, contact us today to schedule a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.

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