Porcelain Fused to Metal

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Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM)

For decades, Traditional porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns have been a popular choice. Fitting for posterior and anterior crowns, above all, they provide reliable and aesthetically-pleasing restorations that will last for years. PFM crowns have acceptable biocompatibility that helps promote periodontal health. In addition, they also have a substructure made from non-precious, semi-precious, or high-noble metals. With the proper maintenance, PFMs can last for many years, or even decades. With sub-gingival margin preparation and good oral hygiene; PFM restoration can even be a good cosmetic choice.

Lowest remake and adjustment rate

at 2.6%

Average turn around time

5-day in-lab


PFMs pros and cons

There are many advantages of using porcelain fused to metal for crowns and bridges. Firstly Since PFM have porcelain on the outside, they are valued for their visual appeal. Porcelain can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth and it also has similar visual properties to natural teeth. Secondly, Both metal and porcelain are extremely durable materials that can endure years of wear and tear. Thirdly, PFMs are more affordable while still offering the visual benefits of an all-porcelain crown.

However, there are some disadvantages to PFMs as well. For example, the metal can sometimes be visible at the bottom of the crown. Normally the gums cover it, but a dark line can show if the gums recede. Furthermore, patients who have metal allergies or are sensitive to metal may have an allergic reaction to PFMs. Above all, the natural tooth is removed to accommodate the PFM.