How Same-Day Dental Crowns are Made
A dental crown works by replicating the top portion of the tooth it restores, precisely matching the tooth’s size, shape, and unique dimensions. Traditionally, receiving a crown meant carefully preparing and measuring the tooth, then sending the measurements to a trusted lab where a skilled technician can hand-craft the restoration. After the crown is completed, it is returned to your dentist’s office where you can have it permanently bonded in place during a second visit.
By contrast, E4D technology utilizes computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to design and craft dental crowns in one day, all in the same office. Your dentist will use high-tech imaging equipment to digitally measure your tooth, and then send the measurements to a milling machine that will craft your porcelain crown on site.
Is a Crown the Right Option?
While same-day dental crowns help you save time while restoring your smile, you may be able to save even more time if your tooth can be restored with a less extensive restoration. For instance, if your tooth is only slightly chipped or cracked, or if it is only blemished on the front surface, then a porcelain veneer may improve the tooth with fewer alterations to its structure. A veneer is a thin shell that mimics the front surface of your tooth, and is bonded to that surface to create a brand new face for your tooth.