Ceramic restorations are made from zirconia and porcelain.
Zirconia is a type of crystal, a very strong material which is bio-compatible with the body. It is used in many other medical applications such as artificial joints and is known for its strength and durability. Porcelain has been used for many years in dentistry for its strength and natural appearance.
Combined together these ceramic restorations offer a stronger alternative to a “white filling” (composite resin) to provide extra support for your tooth.
Situations where a ceramic restoration may be recommended include:
- If there is heavy loading on the tooth such as on a molar
- If there is a large area of the tooth to restore
- If you grind and/or clench your teeth
- Where superior aesthetics are required.
In such cases, we may recommend a ceramic inlay, onlay, veneer or crown.