Porcelain to Metal Crowns

Porcelain to Metal Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns (PFMs) have a metal shell on which is fused a veneer of porcelain in a high heat oven. The metal provides strong compression and tensile strength, and the porcelain gives the crown a white tooth-like appearance, suitable for front teeth restorations. These crowns are often made with a partial veneer that covers only the aspects of the crown that are visible. The remaining surfaces of the crown are bare metal. A variety of metal alloys containing precious metals and base metals can be used. The porcelain can be color matched to the adjacent teeth or gingivae.

Dentists have been placing PFM’s for patients since the late 1950’s. And over the decades that followed, they became the “gold standard” for restoring front teeth, and back teeth where a tooth-colored restoration was required.

In more recent decades, the popularity of PFM’s have lost ground to more modern techniques (i.e., all-ceramic crowns constructed using engineered/synthetic porcelain). But unlike newer methodologies, porcelain-metal crowns have a long, well-established track record of providing predictable, lasting service.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations are somewhat of a hybrid between all-metal and all-ceramic crowns.

When they’re constructed, the dental technician first makes a thin thimble of metal that fits over the tooth. A veneering of porcelain is then fused over it in a high-heat oven, giving the crown both its tooth-like shape and color.

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To Our Most Valued Patients:
 
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, and continuing until further notice, we must implement new restrictions on patient care. This is based on the latest advice we have received from the Centers for Disease Control, the NC Dental Board and the American Dental Association. 
 
If you have an appointment at Howarth Family Dental Center for non-emergency dental treatment (such as a checkup or cleaning or fillings), the appointment has been canceled, and we will work with you to reschedule. We are now restricting treatment to urgent or emergency care only.
 
This decision was not easy, but necessary. The health and well-being of our patients and team members are our primary focus. We will continue to be available for urgent and emergency care.    
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In Good Health,
Dr. Gregg Howarth & Staff

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