PFM Restorations, or porcelain fused to metal restorations, are a hybrid of all metal and all-porcelain crowns, containing a base metal of either nickel, chrome, or beryllium that sits over the tooth and then fused over with porcelain to form the tooth-like shape and natural appearance.
Why Choose PFM Restorations?
Metal has been used for years by dentists as a go-to choice for restoration due to their high durability and is often used for bridges and implants for security and function. Porcelain crowns have been on the rise as a cosmetic alternative to replacing damaged teeth. PFM combines the best of both worlds and doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics for functionality, and vise versa. PFM restorations are utilized for numerous reasons, including:
- Protecting the tooth after a root canal treatment
- Restore a tooth too damaged for fillings
- Support for the framework for a dental bridge
- Hide teeth that have irregular, intrinsic stains that cannot be removed by teeth whitening solutions.
All dental crown types protect damaged teeth, but PFM crowns will add additional support to the tooth, protecting it from damage and decay, and will act as a regular tooth for eating and speaking. Porcelain crowns can provide the aesthetics of beautiful, natural teeth, but also tend to lack in functionality and support, especially when bridges and dentures are needed to replace other missing teeth. PFM crowns help to support the bridge by offering a sturdy metal base.
Our PFM Restoration Process
When being fitted for a PFM restoration, our dentists will first apply local anesthesia and gently remove the outer enamel of the tooth for bonding treatment. After the initial removal of the enamel, an impression will be made of your teeth and will be sent to our dental labs for fabrication. During that time, a temporary crown will be placed to cover the exposed tooth. Once the crowns come in, our dentists will use tooth cement to affix the crown to the tooth, and we will track the progress of your tooth recovery over the next few weeks for any minor adjustments necessary.
Some of the benefits of receiving PFM restorations also include:
Healthier teeth – PFM crowns support damaged teeth that would have otherwise been extracted.
High success rates – PFM crowns can last up to 10 years and can expect a long-term survival for restoration.
Lower tooth sensitivity – Patients who receive PFM restorations tend to experience less tooth sensitivity afterward compared to patients who receive other forms of dental crowns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are PFM Restorations Affordable?
PFM restorations depend on the type of metal recommended and chosen by both the patient and dentist and can vary in price.
Can you see the metal underneath the crowns?
Our practice focuses on special techniques to avoid the display of the metal underneath the crown, and make sure that when we’re done, you will receive a beautiful, natural-looking smile. We work with dental laboratories that produce the highest quality metals for our PFM restorations.
Contact Dr. Piazza Today!
To learn about the types of metal we use and other options available to you, then please contact us at 630-357-6400 to learn more about our services.