PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges and crowns offer a great balance of strength, durability, and aesthetics. Because of this, PFM crowns offer a certain predictability for patients. Even with technical advances that utilize other materials, porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges and crowns remain a popular and affordable choice.

A modern-day porcelain jacket crown consists of a metal alloy base which is topped or coated with porcelain. Ultimately this makes it a great choice for posterior teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can also include a wide range of metal alloys to suit all case scenarios. So, patients who are hypersensitive or allergenic can benefit from titanium, nickel, and beryllium-free alloys, as well as noble or high noble bases.

PFM benefits include:

High bond strength between porcelain and metal combines the look of an all-ceramic crown with the durability of cast metal structures.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can incorporate precision attachments where necessary
PFM crowns offer good strength for long-span bridges
Solid and predictable aesthetics can be achieved with correct color-matching processes.

PFM crown disadvantages/considerations include:

PFM crowns are currently used more sparingly for visible front (anterior) teeth given that more aesthetic options are available
Inadequate PFM crown preparation can affect the aesthetic outcome
Over-time, restoration margins can become exposed

If you’re seeking a porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge or PFM crowns for your patients, then talk to us about how our MCL Dental Lab can help. Call today at (516) 485 4533