A porcelain facing is an indirect workpiece. A facing is a thin shield that is glued to the tooth. With a facing you can change the position or color of a tooth, but you can also close gaps between the teeth.
What are the preparations for treatment?
If the intended position change of the teeth is large, your dentist can make a set-up. This is a model of your teeth that shows the outcome of the change globally. You then have a better idea of how things are going to be in advance. The set-up never corresponds 100 percent with the situation in your mouth, but it does give a good impression.
Is the treatment painful?
Generally not. Only a very thin layer of the tooth to be treated needs to be ground. Anesthesia is therefore usually not necessary, not even for the gums. The edge of the facing ends above the gums, the gums themselves are not touched.
How often do I have to come to the practice?
At least twice. The first seat for grinding, determining color and printing, the second seat for fitting and gluing.
So during the first session, grinding, printing, making a bite and determining the color. Fitting, placing and finishing during the second session. The facings can be fitted with a "trial cement", a kind of temporary glue, so that you can see for a moment how the facings are positioned before they are permanently glued and therefore rock solid.
Which additional objections can I expect?
Little or none. You will have to get used to your new appearance, it always takes a few nights. If necessary, your dentist can make some (very small) corrections afterwards.
A porcelain facing can sometimes come loose, especially if you accidentally bite on something hard. The detached facing is very fragile, be especially careful with it and keep the restoration in a box. The detached facing can simply be glued on again, it is not an emergency, if the facing is glued back within a week it is fine.
A porcelain facing is a beautiful restoration that looks very natural. The material has the same gloss and translucency as glaze and can be beautifully colored.
You maintain a porcelain facing in exactly the same way as your own teeth.
Alternatives and pros and cons
- Plastic facing;
Advantages of the porcelain facing:
- Does not discolor;
- Hardly wear;
- Less tooth tissue needs to be ground than for a crown.
Disadvantages of the porcelain facing:
- Can break;
- Cannot be repaired, such as a composite facing.