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Differences between porcelain filling and composite filling?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
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In brief: Durability&size

Often composite fillings are placed in small cavities, but the larger the size, the less durable and then the porcelain would be a much better restoration for larger fillings.

In brief: Durability&size

Often composite fillings are placed in small cavities, but the larger the size, the less durable and then the porcelain would be a much better restoration for larger fillings.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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In brief: Direct vs indirect

The vast majority of composite fillings are directly placed in your tooth after the decay is removed and bonded/cured in place at the same visit.
A porcelain filling is either made from an impression or mold of the tooth, made at a lab and bonded into place st a second visit or is fabricated by s special milling CAD-CAM machine your dentist would have in their office and bonded in that same time

In brief: Direct vs indirect

The vast majority of composite fillings are directly placed in your tooth after the decay is removed and bonded/cured in place at the same visit.
A porcelain filling is either made from an impression or mold of the tooth, made at a lab and bonded into place st a second visit or is fabricated by s special milling CAD-CAM machine your dentist would have in their office and bonded in that same time
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry

In brief: Expanding on Dr. Kar

Porcelain fillings are called "inlays" or "onlays" and must be fabricated at a lab or with an in-office cad/cam system and milled.
A digital or bite down impression is necessary to create the porcelain restoration. If created in a lab, there is usually a temporary placed and the restoration is delivered at a second appointment.

In brief: Expanding on Dr. Kar

Porcelain fillings are called "inlays" or "onlays" and must be fabricated at a lab or with an in-office cad/cam system and milled.
A digital or bite down impression is necessary to create the porcelain restoration. If created in a lab, there is usually a temporary placed and the restoration is delivered at a second appointment.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry

In brief: Cost/longevity

Both are tooth colored however cost and longevity vary.
Composite fillings cost less and longevity is on average 5-8 years. Well done porcelain fillings cost more however they should last a lifetime unless the tooth has another problem. In either case excellent oral home care is a must.

In brief: Cost/longevity

Both are tooth colored however cost and longevity vary.
Composite fillings cost less and longevity is on average 5-8 years. Well done porcelain fillings cost more however they should last a lifetime unless the tooth has another problem. In either case excellent oral home care is a must.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dr. Peter Karsant
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