Dental crowns and bridges are commonly made of porcelain or composite. These materials offer the advantage of being able to match the color of the natural teeth, making restorations in the mouth less conspicuous than if a metal alloy was used. Another option is porcelain fused to metal or PFM restorations. They are the material of choice for many dentists because they are versatile and can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Because porcelain or composite restorations do not have the strength of metal restorations, but metals do not provide the aesthetics that tooth-colored options provide, PFM restorations are a great compromise between resilience and aesthetics – the metal portion of the restoration provides long-lasting durability while the outer layer is made of porcelain, delivering a natural-looking appearance.
Porcelain fused to metal can be used for bridges or crowns. They treat issues such as:
You might be a candidate for PFM restorations if you need a crown or bridge and are looking for a strong but aesthetically appealing solution. Patients who suffer from bruxism especially can benefit from PFM restorations as they are stronger and more resilient to wear than all-ceramic restorations.
The procedure to have a crown or bridge made of porcelain fused to metal is the same as for a restoration made of other materials. The teeth will first be prepared by being cleaned and shaved down a small portion to make room for the crown. An impression will then be taken of the teeth and sent to a dental lab. During a return appointment, the completed restoration will be bonded to the tooth. Once the placement is complete, the patient might experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This should only be temporary, however, and normally subsides after a few days. Continue brushing and flossing on a daily basis to keep both the natural teeth and the PFM restoration healthy.
If you feel that you can benefit from a PFM restoration, contact your dentist to schedule a consultation today.