Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, often called PFM crowns, are full tooth coverage dental restorations. Crowns cover the entire exposed portion of your tooth. These dental restorations are commonly used for building back tooth structure lost to dental injury or tooth decay. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to correct misshapen teeth, hide permanent stains, close smile gaps, and cover unsightly tooth cracks.
What are the benefits of PFM crowns?
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns combine the strength of metal fillings with the aesthetics of ceramic crowns. Tooth colored porcelain is fabricated on top of a metallic alloy to create a natural-looking dental restoration that can stand up to extreme pressure. This is beneficial for bruxism sufferers who exert clenching and grinding pressure on their teeth.
How are PFM crowns from Lake Forest Dental Arts different?
Our Chicago cosmetic dentist takes pride in offering high quality cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Fondriest uses 14 or higher carat gold alloys in all of our PFM crowns. This yields a lighter color gold that is more easily covered with ceramics, allowing for thinner porcelain to cover the metal. Thinner porcelain translates to conserved tooth structure and beautiful crowns that do not look bulky or unnatural, offering beauty and comfort.
In addition, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, works with world class ceramist, Matt Roberts, CDT to create gorgeous restorations. Dr. Fondriest eliminates the exposed metal margin so that crowns do not have an unattractive or unnatural appearance. With PFM crowns from Lake Forest Dental Arts, you can rest assured that your crowns will be almost indiscernible from your natural teeth. In fact, Dr. Fondriest will even etch small imperfections into the edges of your crowns if you choose to more closely mimic your natural smile.
Chicago Cosmetic Dentist
If you’re interested in learning more about artistic smile designs, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest. We serve patients from Glenview, Winnetka, Highland Park, Lake Forest, North Shore, and the surrounding Chicago communities.