A dental crown can play an essential role in restoring your tooth. A crown can restore a severely damaged tooth, a tooth treated with root canal therapy, or even to top an extracted tooth replaced with a dental implant. Weak and damaged teeth are vulnerable without the protection of a crown. Think of a crown like a permanent helmet protecting your weakened tooth and giving it back the abilities to bite and chew. A crown can be made of porcelain, zirconia, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) depending on the durability and appearance needs for the tooth the crown is replacing. Technology like E4D PlanScan allows for your crown to be created in your dentist’s office and placed in one visit.
Without a crown, your vulnerable tooth is susceptible for further breakage and decay. Your tooth may not be able to properly bite or chew. It may even affect the way you speak. If you are missing a tooth in the front of the mouth, a crown can restore the appearance as well the functional abilities. Leaving a tooth without a crown can leave the tooth at risk of needing an extraction.
Without this technology, a dentist would create a mold of your tooth and send the mold to an off-site, third-party milling lab who would sculpt and create the crown. The process could take a week or more. In the meantime, a temporary crown would be placed on your tooth. With E4D PlanScan technology, the creation of the crown all takes place within the office in one visit. Using CAD/CAM (computer-aided drafting/computer-aided manufacturing) technology, your dentist will take digital scans of your teeth, mouth, and bite. The scans are communicated to a computer that creates a blueprint for your crown. A digital milling machine then precisely sculpts your crown based on the blueprint. Once the crown is created, your dentist will fit and place your crown onto your tooth.
Don’t let a busy schedule keep you from getting the protection of a dental crown. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.