Our teeth are very strong. In fact, the enamel that coats them is the hardest substance in the human body. However, our teeth may still be damaged via injury or weakened through poor oral hygiene. In order to restore one or more teeth, we may recommend a restoration. Fortunately, we have the technology to create and place crowns in one visit.
When Do You Prescribe Dental Crowns?
We prescribe them to address a number of concerns, both cosmetic and restorative. For example, if a tooth develops serious delay or an infection, a crown is often the final step in the treatment. We can also use them to repair teeth that have become chipped or fractured. Should a tooth have problems with its shape, we can address this using a restoration. Finally, in the event of tooth loss, we can restore a single tooth dental implant with one or anchor a dental bridge in place.
What Material are They Made From?
They are made using ceramic. With ceramic, we can provide a restoration that is translucent and mimics the appearance of actual tooth enamel. In addition, the material also contains stain-resistant elements and is very strong, often lasting for decades with proper care and attention. We can also shade the ceramic to help ensure the finished product blends with your smile.
The E4D System
First, we prepare the tooth by removing a bit of structure before taking digital impressions. The digital impression means no mess or need to bite down on a sticky substance. We use the images to create a computer model, which the E4D machine uses to mill the completed restoration from ceramic. We then check the fit, make any adjustments, and place the crown in the same visit.
Interested in Our Crowns?
At Lawson Family Dentistry, we can provide a strong and natural looking restoration in a single visit. Dr. Lawson and her team proudly welcome patients of all ages from Urbandale, IA, as well as Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call our Urbandale office today at (515) 278-4366.