Your life is probably pretty busy. You might find yourself and your health last on your list of to-dos. It is important to find time to take care of yourself. When needed, a dental crown can help restore your tooth and you can get one in a single visit. A crown may be needed to restore a severely damaged tooth, a tooth following root canal therapy, or to replace a tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. A crown acts like a permanent helmet protecting your weakened tooth and giving it back its abilities to bite and chew. A crown can be made of porcelain, zirconia, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) depending on what tooth the crown is replacing.
Without a crown, your vulnerable tooth could be susceptible for further breakage and decay. A broken tooth may not be able to properly bite or chew. It could even affect the way you sound when you speak. If you have a damaged or missing visible tooth, a crown can restore the appearance of your smile. If you have lost a tooth, a dental implant can replace the roots while the crown will replace the tooth above the gums.
Traditionally, a dentist would create a mold of your tooth and send the mold to an off-site, third-party milling lab for someone else to create the crown. The process could take a week or more before the crown was ready to place in your mouth. With E4D PlanScan technology, the total creation of the crown takes place within your dentist’s office. Using CAD/CAM (computer-aided drafting/computer-aided manufacturing) technology, your dentist will first take digital scans of your teeth, mouth, and bite. The digital scans are sent to a computer that creates a blueprint for your crown based on the precision scans and measurements. An on-site milling machine then precisely sculpts your crown. Once the crown is created, your dentist will fit and place your crown in that same visit that it was created.
A dental crown can be custom-crafted in a single visit. 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.