The Strong and the Beautiful: A Comprehensive Guide to Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

What Are Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns?

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are a popular choice for dental restoration. They’re created from a combination of porcelain and metal, providing strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills provides a comprehensive guide to PFM crowns, including information on their materials, procedures, and aftercare.

Materials

PFM crowns are a combination of porcelain and metal. The porcelain provides an aesthetic appeal, while the metal provides strength and durability. The metal used in PFM crowns is typically a type of alloy, such as gold or palladium.

The Procedure

The procedure for getting a PFM crown typically involves two visits to the dentist. The first visit is used to prepare the tooth, take digital impressions, and place a temporary restoration. During the second visit, the permanent crown is placed.

During the first visit, the tooth will be cleaned and shaped to make room for the crown. Impressions are taken of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth, which are used to create the permanent crown. A temporary restoration will then be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is created.

During the second visit, the permanent crown will be placed on the tooth and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. The tooth will then be cleaned and polished, and the permanent crown will be cemented in place. You’ll leave your dentist’s office with a beautifully restored smile. 

Aftercare

After a PFM crown is placed, it’s important to take care of your teeth to ensure that the restoration lasts as long as possible. Here are some aftercare tips your dentist may recommend following:

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day.
  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • If you experience any pain or sensitivity, contact your dentist immediately.
  • Avoid biting on hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours after the crown is placed.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Repair Tooth Damage With PFM Crowns

PFM crowns are a popular choice for dental restorations. Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills advises that before deciding on PFM crowns, you discuss the options with your dentist. PFM crowns are a suitable option for patients looking for a balance between strength and aesthetics. If you have any concerns or questions about PFM crowns, consult with your dentist for further evaluation and recommendations.

If you’re located in the Woodland Hills, CA area, contact Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles to make your dental crown appointment.

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