Porcelain Fused to Metal

Porcelain fused to metal crowns is one of dentistry’s primary restorations of choice because, when properly constructed and seated, they are strong, reliable, esthetic and a good choice for either anterior or posterior teeth. These crowns are strong enough to withstand heavy biting force, and at the same time can have an excellent cosmetic appearance.

Advantages: 

• Strength and stability provided by the underlying metal

• Esthetic having a nearly natural appearance

• Used in single units to roundhouse bridges

• High rate of Long Term Success

Disadvantages:

• Not as aesthetically pleasing as other types of restorations

• Gingival inflammation causing gray line compared to porcelain crowns and Porcelain-Fused-to-Gold Crowns.

• Requires more of the tooth structure to be removed because of its thickness.

• Porcelain can chip or break off.

• Porcelain surface of the crown can significantly wear opposing teeth.

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