With conventional treatment, a patient may have to wait for weeks to have a permanent crown placed as an off-site dental lab designs and manufactures the crown. A temporary crown can be worn during the wait, but this can be a hassle and interfere with the patient’s diet and routine. An updated method takes advantage of three-dimensional computer software and an in-house milling unit to give the patient the crown in a single appointment.
E4D, which stands for “Evolution 4 Dentistry,” takes advantage of CAD software to transform the patient’s specs into a crown’s design in a matter of minutes. The E4D system also eliminates the need for dental impressions, which many patients find unpleasant. In fact, the data gathered by the laser may be even more precise than that obtained through dental impressions.
The dentist uses a special wand that houses a laser to scan the patient’s tooth or teeth for the information necessary to design the crown. This step takes just a couple of minutes at most. After the dentist has used the software to analyze that information and produce the three-dimensional model for the crown’s design, the data is forwarded to the in-house milling unit and the crown is crafted immediately.
The dentist then can proceed with placing the crown on the targeted tooth, which proceeds in the same way as a conventional crown placement. The dentist will remove any decayed tooth material and may need to remove some additional enamel in order to make room for the crown. The crown is then bonded to the tooth using dental cement.
As with conventional crowns, the ceramic materials used in E4D crowns are quite lifelike and aesthetically pleasing. They will blend in easily with the rest of your smile.
With proper care, your E4D crown can last for a decade or longer. Your dentist will instruct you on the techniques and habits that you need to employ in order to maintain your crown and maximize its lifespan. Use common sense with your crown, as anything that can harm a biological tooth can harm a crown as well.
Patients who need a crown to restore a decayed or damaged tooth and prefer the shortest treatment timeline possible should consider E4D same-day crowns. Schedule an appointment at Clement Family Dentistry to learn more about this technology and whether it might be the right option for you.