Crown refers to the restoration of teeth where a fabricated crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth.
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What is a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown?
A PFM crown is a dental restoration that combines a metal base (typically a high-noble or noble alloy) with a layer of porcelain. The metal provides strength and durability, while the porcelain layer gives the crown a natural appearance.
What are the advantages of Porcelain fused to base metal crowns?
PFM crowns offer a balance between strength and aesthetics. The metal base provides durability, and the porcelain outer layer can be color-matched to natural teeth, making them a popular choice for both front and back teeth.
In which situations are Porcelain fused to base metal crowns recommended?
PFM crowns are often recommended for areas of the mouth where both strength and cosmetic appearance are crucial. They are commonly used for molars and premolars but can also be suitable for front teeth.
How is a Porcelain fused to base metal crown different from an all-metal crown?
In an all-metal crown, the entire restoration is made of metal, which may not match the natural tooth color. PFM crowns address this aesthetic concern by adding a porcelain layer to improve appearance.
Can patients with metal allergies use Porcelain fused to base metal crowns?
While PFM crowns contain metal, they are typically made with alloys that have a low risk of causing allergies. However, individuals with known metal allergies should inform their dentist to explore alternative options.
What is the lifespan of a PFM crown?
The lifespan of a PFM crown can vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene, habits, and the location of the crown. With proper care, PFM crowns can last for many years.
How is a Porcelain fused to base metal crown placed?
The process involves preparing the tooth, taking impressions, and sending the information to a dental laboratory. The crown is then custom-made, and once ready, it is cemented onto the prepared tooth by the dentist.
Are there any disadvantages to PFM crowns?
One potential disadvantage is that over time, the porcelain layer may wear or chip. Additionally, the metal margin at the gumline may be visible in some cases, affecting aesthetics.
Can Porcelain fused to base metal crowns be used for front teeth?
Yes, Porcelain fused to base metal crowns can be used for front teeth, especially when a balance between strength and aesthetics is important. However, all-ceramic crowns are often preferred for front teeth for enhanced natural appearance.
How can patients care for Porcelain fused to base metal crowns?
Patients should maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Avoiding habits like teeth grinding can help prolong the life of the crown.