If you have a damaged tooth via accident or decay, there are many treatment options available to save it. There are minimally invasive and more invasive options depending on the case. Extreme decay and accident would probably require a more invasive treatment. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses one option: porcelain fused to metal crowns.
What are They?
Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM crowns) are a combination of a porcelain crown and a metal crown. They are used when strength and durability are required but the patient also prefers esthetics, For instance, for bruxers (people who clench and grind their teeth). Metal crowns are the strongest most durable crowns available. Porcelain crowns are strong and esthetically pleasing. When both are required there is the PFM crown. PFM crowns are fabricated with a metal shell underneath a porcelain veneer. The underlying metal provides stability and strength. Although it is possible for the porcelain veneer to chip or crack, the success rate of PFM crowns is very high.
PFM crowns are:
- Esthetically pleasing
- Long-lasting and durable
- Highly successful
Disadvantages associated with PFM crowns include:
- More Aggressive preparation is needed: a large part of the tooth structure needs to be ground down to give room for the gold and the porcelain
- Porcelain can be damaged or chipped
- The metal can be visible along the gumline on less expensive versions
- Gingival irritation
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.