Today’s post looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry, the dental restoration and dental crowns in Denver. Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the conception of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to create fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.
Finding a Solution
Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible substance. It must sustain forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its durability; it must not hurt the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.
Furthermore, it must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials required for specific appliances. It must be bio-compatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream. And we haven’t even considered the aesthetics yet. Ideally, this wondrous material would look identical to teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.
Porcelain: The Future of Dental Restorations
Of course, we know now that such a substance exists because dental restorations have been around for many years. Presently, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are extremely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s aesthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.
Who would have known that one of the prime materials used in modern restorations, was invented over 2000 years ago in China. Did the ancient pioneers who developed the techniques for molding, firing, and painting porcelain vases ever imagine that their invention would live beautifully in the mouths of millions of men and women more than twenty centuries later?
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Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center offers a large variety of dental services, such as teeth whitening, dental bridges, sedation dentistry, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns in Denver. For more information, call Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center today at 303-858-9000.
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