A busy life can make taking care of yourself hard. It is important to find time to take care of yourself, your health, and your smile. When necessary, a dental crown can help restore your tooth. Investment in technology has made it so that a dental crown can be made in a single visit. A dental crown can restore a severely damaged tooth, a tooth following root canal therapy, or to replace a tooth in conjunction with a dental implant. Dental crowns act like permanent helmets to protect weakened teeth, restoring the abilities to bite and chew. Getting a crown placed in one visit gives the crown more time to protect the tooth.
Without a crown, a damaged tooth could be vulnerable to further breakage and decay. A broken tooth could inhibit the way you speak, chew, bite, and it could even affect the way you sound when you speak. If you have a damaged or missing tooth in a visible part of your smile, a crown can restore the appearance of your smile. If you have lost a tooth to extraction or fall-out, a dental implant can replace the roots while the crown will replace the tooth above the gums.
Traditionally to create a crown, a dentist would create a mold of your tooth and send the mold to an off-site, third-party milling lab for the crown to be created. This process with outsourcing could take a week or more before the crown was ready to place in your mouth. With E4D PlanScan technology, the entire process takes place within your dentist’s office. First, using CAD/CAM (computer-aided drafting/computer-aided manufacturing) technology, your dentist will take digital scans of your teeth, mouth, and bite. The digital scans are then sent to a computer that will create a blueprint for your crown based on the precision scans and measurements. An on-site milling machine uses that blueprint to precisely sculpt your crown. Once the crown has been created, your dentist will fit and place your permanent crown. Rather than waiting a week or more for a crown, it can typically be done in less than an hour.
Visit Dr. Carmona if you think you need 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.