When a tooth needs a restoration, sometimes the best choice is a porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crown. A PFM crown consists of a tooth-colored porcelain layer baked onto a metal core. We might choose a PFM crown to restore a tooth when a large filling has failed, or when the tooth is cracked, broken, or subject to grinding and clenching. A PFM crown is precision-crafted in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to restore your tooth with a PFM crown.
The benefits of PFM crowns
A PFM crown has several benefits. Like all crowns, it covers and protects your tooth. But in addition, a PFM crown has:
- Long-lasting durability
- An inner metal core that helps the crown withstand heavy biting forces
- An outer porcelain layer that can be made to closely match or improve your natural tooth color