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If you have problems with decay or you’re teeth are cracked, dental crowns is one way you can restore your teeth to their former glory.  You may have noticed though that there are various options when it comes to the types of crowns available.  Below we take a look at the differences between the types, as well as their pros and cons, to help give you an idea, which might be best for you.

PFM Crowns

 PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns involve a metal layer being positioned on the broken or damaged tooth, which then has a porcelain veneer, fused to it.


Below are some of the advantages of PFM crowns:

  • Appealing Visually – Apart from a small dark line, PFM Crowns give you a natural and attractive smile.
  • Strong And Durable – What PFM Crowns may lack in cosmetic perfection, they make up for in durability and strength. With the right maintenance and care, they can last for many years.
  • Fit Better – The metal structure of PFM crowns mean that they fit better than alternatives.
  • Affordable – PFM crowns are one of the cheapest types of crows available.


Below are some of the disadvantages of PFM crowns:

  • Dark Lines – The downside of the metal portion of this type of crown is the presence of a dark line where the tooth meets the crown.
  • Lots Of Tooth Trimming Is Required – When you opt for PFM crowns, the dentist will have to remove a considerable amount of tooth.

All-Ceramic Crowns

As the name suggests, all-ceramic crowns available from Estetica Dental Lab are made from ceramic porcelain and nothing else.


Below are some of the advantages of all-ceramic crowns:

  • Non-Allergic – As all-ceramic crowns are made from a completely biocompatible material, there is no risk of them causing gum irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Could Be Inserted In One Visit – Unlike other methods of inserting crowns that require at least 2 visits to the dentist with some waiting time between appointments, all-ceramic crowns can be put in during just one appointment. It only takes around 20 to 30 minutes once the tooth is prepared, to position and cement the crown in place.
  • No Dark Lines – Compared to PFM, all-ceramic crowns do not suffer from the same downside of visible white lines, as they are designed to match the natural look of your teeth’s enamel.
  • Cosmetically Beautiful – As all-ceramic crowns are smooth, translucent and made to match the shade, colour and size of your own teeth; they are perfect for restoring front teeth.


Below are some of the disadvantages of Metal free Crowns:

  • The Cost – Generally, you will find that compared to PFM crowns, all-ceramic crowns are more expensive.


As you can see there are various pros and cons for both PFM and metal free crowns.  It will really depend on your needs and your available budget when deciding which is best for you.  Rest assured if you choose Estetica Dental Lab for your treatment you would receive first class service and years of expertise from professionals who know what they are doing.