Porcelain Fused to Metal PFM Dental Labs in Santa Rosa CA
Porcelain fused to metal (as known as PFM, metal ceramic crowns (MCC), porcelain fused to gold (PFG), porcelain fused to white gold (PFWG), palladium ceramic crowns (PCC), and porcelain fused to semi-precious (PFSP)) restorations have been around for many years. Clinically, they are still some of the most used materials in dental restoration. As a porcelain fused to metal PFM dental labs in Santa Rosa CA, we do not use nickel-containing alloys, since many patients have nickel allergies.
All our alloys are FDA-approved and boast the best biocompatibility in the market today. Dental alloy certification comes with every alloy you choose. However, please let us know if your patient has any allergic reactions, so that we can provide you with the most appropriate metals for his or her needs.
As a porcelain fused to metal PFM dental labs in Santa Rosa CA, our technicians are trained to fabricate Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations with the best methods. The framework is critical, as the metal frame design is the foundation of all PFM restorations. It must provide not only strong support but also the aesthetics of the final crown by creating a uniformity of thickness between the porcelain layers, including the opaque, dentin, and enamel layers. If the metal design is not properly fabricated, then the porcelain design will be not be precise. For this reason, we design our metal frameworks using CAD-CAM 3D technology to create the best foundation for your patients.
For the porcelain layering techniques, our technicians strictly follow the meticulous techniques taught in accredited dental technician education programs. We do not take short cuts, even for the minutest layer of porcelain. The shade of the final crown is built-in, not painted over. This allows the shade of the porcelain crowns and bridges to last for years to come, not fade over time. Although we do final glazing and shade correction, the base shade should come from the inside of the porcelain, not the outside. As a porcelain fused to metal PFM dental labs Santa Rosa CA, our porcelain produces a tooth with a smooth finished surface. This means that your patients’ oral care and health are not compromised by the tooth-to-tooth wear that can occur over time. This superior wear characteristic contributes to a longer lifespan for the restoration. A smooth finish also means less plaque (or stain) buildup on adjacent teeth.
The indications for Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) restorations are for individual crowns, anterior restorations with dark shaded dentin colors, metal posts, posterior restorations, implants, multi-unit bridges, full mouth reconstruction, and other restorations. We believe that porcelain fused to metal restorations combined with high precious alloys are the best material for a long (multi-unit) spanned bridge. We pick up and deliver all San Francisco CA North Bay cities.