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Porcelain fused to metal
Gold, copper, and base metal alloys
Brittle, may fracture under heavy biting loads
Very strong and durable
High corrosion resistance prevents tarnishing; high strength and toughness resist fracture and wear
Resistance to wear
Highly resistant to wear, but can rapidly wear opposing teeth if its surface becomes rough
Resistant to wear and gentle to opposing teeth
Resistance to fracture
Prone to fracture when placed under tension or on impact
Porcelain is prone to impact fracture; metal is strong
Highly resistant to fracture
Low thermal conductivity reduces likelihood of discomfort from heat and cold
May result in early post-placement discomfort from heat and cold
Color and translucency mimic natural tooth appearance
Can mimic natural tooth appearance, but metal limits translucency
Metal colors do not mimic natural teeth.
“Dental Materials: Comparison of Indirect Restorative Dental Materials.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/3416.aspx Accessed 2013.
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