PFM Restorations in Las Cruces, NM
Porcelain fused to metal, or PFM restorations have been a standard in restorative dentistry for more than three decades. During that time, dentists around the world have adopted PFM crowns and bridges due to the versatility for use, as well as their ability to be matched to surrounding teeth. PFM crowns provide an excellent balance between resilience and esthetics. The underlying metal portion of the restorations provides long-lasting durability while the porcelain outer layer delivers a natural-looking appearance.
Did you know…
Dental crowns may be necessary for a number of reasons. They include:
- To restore the remaining tooth structure following a root canal
- To protect a tooth that is broken or damaged.
- To restore a decayed tooth with too much damage to support a new filling
- To anchor a dental bridge
- To disguise tooth discoloration that has not responded to whitening treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for PFM restorations?
You may be a candidate for PFM restorations if you are looking for a strong, but aesthetically appealing crown or bridge. PFM is especially beneficial to patients who suffer from bruxism that could lead to the deterioration of all-ceramic restorations.
To find out more about porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.
What should I expect when being fitted for a PFM restoration?
Your tooth will be prepared for your new PFM restoration as your dentist gently removes the outer layer for bonding. An impression of your teeth will be made and sent to a dental lab for fabrication of a PFM restoration in a shade that matches your natural teeth.
Finally, the restoration will be sent back for placement and permanent bonding. Once placed, you’ll be able to live with more confidence and improved health from this restorative treatment.
How long do PFM restorations last?
PFM restorations are designed to last up to 15 years with proper care and regular dental visits. In some cases, PFM restoration may only last 10 years before they need a replacement.
Replacing your PFM restoration at our dental office can be done efficiently and comfortably. We always want to ensure your smile remains healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Will I need to follow any special post-treatment care guidelines after being fit for a PFM restoration?
It is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after having a PFM restoration placed. However, this should subside as should any soreness caused by tooth preparation.
Be sure to follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Borham, and continue brushing and flossing on a daily basis to keep your PFM restoration clean and well cared for. Tell our team if your PFM crown or bridge causes you any pain of any kind or if it comes loose.