Single-Appointment Dental Crowns
With an array of advanced dental materials and technology, modern restorations are often crafted to address a specific area of your tooth while leaving the rest of the tooth relatively untouched. Sometimes, however, the best approach is to completely shield the tooth so that it can remain in place without suffering further damage to its structure. Dental crowns may be one of the oldest forms of restorative dentistry, but today’s versions are also among the most highly customizable options. Today, dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials to suit every patient’s unique needs and preferences. In some cases, Dr. Lawson can even craft a custom dental crown in just a single day using PlanScan E4D technology!
The Convenience of Digital Dentistry
Digital dentistry, using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, allows Dr. Lawson to create same-day porcelain dental crowns and other lifelike restorations (using E4D technology). Even traditional cosmetic and reconstructive restorations can be more precisely crafted using digital imaging and measuring.
For integrated dental services, digital technology isn’t focused on making things easier, but rather on making your diagnostic exams and dental procedures as comfortable and efficient as possible. The benefits of digital dentistry include:
- Safer treatment (i.e., less radiation from digital X-rays)
- Strong, lifelike restorations, including veneers and crowns
- Single-visit procedures
- Often no need for temporary restorations
The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns
The main purpose of a dental crown is to restore function, but we believe that all dentistry should have an esthetic element to it. That’s why Dr. Lawson typically utilizes the most lifelike materials, such as porcelain, zirconia, and E-Max. Dental ceramics and other highly realistic materials are tinted to match the precise color and shade of your teeth to create the most lifelike results. The materials are also semi-translucent, and when layered, can reflect light in the same way as healthy, natural tooth enamel.
For optimal convenience and lifelike results, Dr. Lawson also utilizes innovative technology to create customized, lifelike dental crowns in a single visit. The Planscan system allows us to digitally measure the appropriate tooth, and then send those measurements to an on-site milling machine that crafts your dental crown out of durable dental porcelain. With the ability to receive your restoration in just a single appointment, same-day dental crowns offer a number of benefits, including:
- Fewer visit to our office, which means less time off from work/school.
- No need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent one is being created.
- Highly-lifelike results thanks to the customizable, realistic appearance of dental porcelain.
- A high-tech solution that doesn’t require uncomfortable dental molds.
- A healthier and more confident smile in significantly less time.
- Dental ceramics can replace old, large metal fillings to prevent cracking of the tooth and to make your smile appear more youthful
Dental crowns are most often used to revitalize and rejuvenate smiles that have damaged or significantly decayed teeth. In some cases, a custom dental crown can also be coupled with a dental implant post to replace a lost or extracted tooth.
If you have a compromised tooth, then find out which lifelike dental crown is the best option for you. Speak with Dr. Lawson by scheduling a consultation today! Call our dental office in Urbandale, IA, today at 515-278-4366.