E4D Same Day Crowns
Traditional Crown Procedure
Traditionally, getting a dental crown takes two visits. On your first visit, the tooth is prepared. Preparing the tooth involves removing some of the enamel of the affected tooth. This allows your new crown to fit in naturally and comfortably with the rest of your smile. After the tooth is prepared, a mold of your mouth is taken, using impression putty.
The mold is sent to a lab, where the crown is created. It takes up to two weeks for the crown to be made and sent back. You would be provided with a temporary crown while you wait. On your second visit, your crown would be cemented in place.
The E4D system is a CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) unit that allows us to design and create porcelain crowns. The system consists of a digital scanner (intraoral camera), design software and a milling machine. The system is located right in our office and provides us with the ability to custom create your new crown on-site. Rather than having to wait two weeks for your new crown to be made, it is available for you the same day. Your wait period and the need for a temporary crown are eliminated.
How E4D Works
The E4D system takes over your crown process after your tooth is prepared. The intraoral camera is used to obtain a three-dimensional scan of the inside of your mouth, eliminating the need for traditional impression putty. The scan takes only minutes and is displayed almost immediately on our computer monitor.
Next, we use the design software to create your new crown. With the impression, the software allows us to design one that will fit perfectly in your mouth. We can also select finishes for your crown so that it blends in with your natural teeth.
Once your crown is designed, the information is then transferred to the milling unit. Your crown is milled to the exact specifications of the design. When it is finished, it can then be cemented in place. You leave the same day with a beautiful, fully-functional crown.
Benefits of Same Day Crowns
There are several benefits to same day crowns:
If you have a damaged tooth, a crown can restore the tooth, provide it with strength, and protect it from infection.
Call Jon C. Packman DDS today at (704) 978-7060 to learn more about E4D same day crowns.