What Are E4D Crowns?
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
Usually, a dental crown takes two visits: on the first visit, the tooth is prepared by being shaved down somewhat. An impression is taken of your teeth, and this impression is sent to a laboratory where your crown will be made. Meanwhile, you wear a temporary crown made with some type of plastic material. On your second appointment, the temporary is removed and the durable crown is placed on your tooth.
Can You Get a Dental Crown on the Same Day?
Technology is available to provide "Computer-assisted design-Computer-assisted manufacture" crowns, or "CAD-CAM". This crown is milled by a computer to fit your tooth precisely, thus eliminating the laboratory step in manufacturing the crown. With E4D technology, the crown is made by a computer while you wait, thus eliminating the second appointment and the temporary crown. These E4D crowns are milled out of pure ceramic.
E4D Crown Advantages:
E4D crowns are made in one visit
With E4D, there is no need for a temporary crown, which eliminates a significant potential discomfort for the patient.
E4D crowns have no metal in them and thus are reasonable esthetic.