PFZ (Porcelain Fused to Zirconia)

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The best option for those seeking a long-lasting, high quality restoration is Porcelain Fused to Zirconia (PFM/Zr). These restorations have esthetic porcelains layered on top of them in order provide strength without experiencing common problems like discoloration or dark lines along their gingiva. With natural translucency from zirconia that warms teeth it’s easy to see why this type has become so popular among patients who want lifelike looks with no unnecessary aesthetic challenges!

ADA Codes

  • D2740 Crown – porcelain / ceramic substrate


  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biocompatible
  • Improved Esthetics over PFMs
  • Requires Conventional Cementation


A CAD/CAM substitute for traditional PFM, our porcelain-fused-to-zirconia can be used for anterior and posterior crowns, crowns over implants, and bridges of up to fourteen units.


  • Attachment cases
  • Cases with less than 1 mm clearance
  • Bruxism
  • Patients who have broken a PFM crown
  • Cases that require bonding


The ideal preparation for PFZs is a chamfer margin preparation. If a porcelain labial margin is prescribed, then a shoulder margin preparation is required.


  • Resin Ionomer cement (RelyX or RelyX Unicem, 3M ESPE)
  • Maxcem Elite (Kerr)
  • Panavia F 2.0 (Kuraray) – ideal for short, tapered preparations
  • Glass ionomer cement (GC Fuji, GC America)


If an adjustment is required on the ceramic, use a fine diamond with water and air to keep the crown cool. To contour the ceramic, polish with a pink rubber wheel and diamond polishing paste (Brasseler, Shofu, Vident).

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