What are Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Restorations?

PFM restorations

If you are in need of a dental restoration, you may be wondering what type of restoration is right for you. One option that you may want to consider is a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restoration. PFM restorations are a type of dental restoration that uses both porcelain and metal to create a tooth-like restoration. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about PFM restorations! We will start by defining what a PFM restoration is and then move on to discussing how they are placed and the benefits they offer. Finally, we will provide some tips on how to care for your new restoration.

What is a PFM restoration?

PFM crown

A PFM restoration, also known as a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental restoration, is a type of dental restoration that uses both porcelain and metal to create a tooth-like restoration, such as a crown or bridge. The porcelain is fused to the metal in order to create a strong and durable restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth.

The porcelain exterior provides a natural appearance, while the metal interior provides exceptional strength. There are different types of metals that can be used for PFM restorations. These include: gold alloys, titanium alloys, and base metal alloys (chromium, nickel, or cobalt). Most dentists opt to use gold alloys, since they are the strongest and don’t cause metal allergies.

How are PFM restorations placed?

PFM restorations are usually placed over the course of two appointments by a dentist. First, the dentist will clean and prepare the tooth for restoration. Next, they will take an impression of the tooth in order to create a model of the restoration. This information is then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the restoration. Once the permanent restoration has been fabricated, the dentist will place the PFM restoration on the tooth and secure it in place using dental cement.

The Benefits of PFM Restorations

There are many benefits that come with choosing a PFM restoration for your dental needs. These include:

  • PFM restorations are strong and durable
  • PFM restorations look natural and are indistinguishable from a natural tooth
  • PFM restorations are easy to clean and maintain
  • PFM restoration can last for many years with proper care

How to Care for a PFM Restoration

man flossing his teeth

Just like any other dental restoration, it is important to care for your PFM restoration properly in order to ensure its longevity. Here are some tips on how to care for your new restoration:

  • Avoid biting down on hard objects
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Brush your teeth and restoration twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings

In Conclusion

If you are in need of a dental restoration, be sure to consider a PFM restoration! They offer many benefits, including strength, durability, and a natural appearance. With proper care, your PFM restoration can last for many years to come! If you have any questions about whether a PFM restoration is right for you, schedule an appointment today!

Dr Alina Huang DMD

Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.