When a tooth needs a restoration, sometimes the best choice is a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, sometimes called PFM crown, consists of a tooth-colored porcelain layer baked onto a metal core. It’s precision-crafted in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a PFM crown.
On your first visit, we numb the area to make you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we work. Then we remove any decay and shape the tooth with the handpiece. Next we’ll take an impression of your teeth. The lab uses the impression to make a model of your mouth. They’ll use the model to create a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown. On your next visit, we remove the temporary and try in your new PFM crown. We’ll check the fit and your bite. When everything looks good, we cement the crown in place.
PFM crown has several advantages:
- The crown covers and protects the tooth.
- Durable and long-lasting,
- The inner-metal core helps it withstand heavy biting forces.
- Natural looking.
- When you need a crown, PFM crowns are a strong and natural-looking choice.