When is a Dental Crown Recommended?
Dental restorations can include several different methods of treatments and depending on your situation; there are methods that may be better suited for you than others. Dental crowns, for instance, is a popular method of treatment used by a dentist to preserve a healthy-yet-damaged tooth, when the only other real alternative is to extract it altogether.
Losing a tooth can have repercussions on a person’s dental health and as a result, many dentists are reticent in extracting an otherwise healthy tooth that has become damaged. The most likely causes of damage are where a tooth has chipped or cracked, cavities have formed in an already filled tooth, and the tooth might not bear up to further repair efforts, or won’t support further filling.
Dental crowns usually involve the dentist removing a layer of enamel from the surface of the tooth, followed by some impressions being taken in order to shape the crown. The crown is typically fashioned from porcelain and cemented onto the damaged tooth in order to protect it. This type of treatment helps the tooth to retain all of its function, while receiving additional support from the crown.
But, recent advances in dental medicine have yielded a much more modern and less time-consuming method of mapping the required shape for the crown that doesn’t involve the dentist taking impressions at all!
This system, called E4D, utilizes the latest technologies, including laser scanning devices and design software programs to accurately collect data from a person’s teeth and create the desired restoration quickly and efficiently. The dentist simply scans the patient’s teeth using a light wand that collects the requisite data, and passes it to an in-office milling machine to create the prosthetic.
Information such as the color, shape and size of the tooth can all be relayed wirelessly to ensure the finished dental crown is an ideal match for the patient’s existing teeth. What’s more, the entire process can be done in just one day, meaning there’s less time spent with poor-fitting temporary crowns, as the permanent crown is ready to fit soon after readings have been collected.
In the past, getting dental crowns could take several weeks to complete, from initial exam through to fitting, but the E4D system allows for a perfect restoration in a fraction of the time, as the whole process is fast, easy and painless.