Which same day dental crown is right for you?

Do you wear a crown or two? If you’re like many Americans, you probably do.

Dental crowns are effective for holding together cracked teeth, replacing missing teeth, or covering up a misshapen or discolored tooth. As such, their use is quite common in dental practices all across America.

People who have gotten dental crowns know they can be a bit of a hassle since they usually have to make a couple of visits to get it installed. The dentist will prepare the site and take a mold, then send it off to a lab and send the patient home. A couple of weeks later, the patient will come back so the dentist can install the custom-made crown.

What if there was a way to do it all in one visit?

The amazing world of dental technology now offers this opportunity. In fact, there are two main types of same day crowns, as they are known. Read on to learn about E4D crowns and CEREC same day crowns and which one is the better choice.

What are E4D crowns?

E4D is a cutting-edge dental technology that relies on digital scans and laser technology to make a customized crown for the tooth. The scans and images are then fed into a computer to use Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to create the dental restoration.

For those needing a quick fix for their dental distress, this technology is exciting. Using the captured information, the dentist can craft a custom-made crown for the tooth right in the office while the patient waits. Depending on the extent of the process required, the crown can usually be fabricated in 60 to 90 minutes.

But many people may question, “Is the short route always the best? Will the convenience cost more?”

To answer the first question, crowns fabricated in the dentist’s office are just as sturdy and beautiful as those made in a lab. They will be created to closely match the patient’s existing tooth color and will hold up to the same rigors as a lab-created tooth.

To answer the second question, the price depends on a number of factors. E4D crowns are an all-ceramic option that doesn’t contain metal, which tends to push the price up. The equipment is also a hefty initial investment for dentists, which they may take into account when setting their prices.

However, one visit instead of two is more convenient for you and cost-effective for the dentist, which helps bring the price down. All in all, same day implants are a competitive, affordable option for many people.

What are CEREC crowns?

CEREC is an abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. That mouthful in plain English simply means the dentist can make a pretty and cheap dental restoration on the spot right in the office.

In essence, making CEREC crowns is very similar to E4D crowns. The dentist will capture digital images and scans of the patient’s tooth and feed them into a computer. Using CAD/CAM technology, the restoration will be crafted on the spot and the dentist will then install the crown in your mouth.

However, the capture method is not exactly the same. Let’s explore what makes E4D a better choice for most people.

What makes E4D crowns better?

Both CEREC crowns and E4D crowns are viable same day dental restoration options. However, CEREC can be a little more uncomfortable for the patient.

For example, in order to capture the digital images for CEREC, the tooth must be coated with a special reflective powder. The patient may find the process to be a bit uncomfortable, and it can be time-consuming. Powder that is spread too thickly or thinly can result in inaccurate images and ultimately an ill-fitting crown. Plus, the powder must remain completely dry for the process to work. This is both difficult to do and uncomfortable for the patient.

On the other hand, E4D technology bounces a laser off the tooth to create the digital model. There are no powders to keep dry, and the whole process is quick and painless.

The end result is a very precise crown, perfectly molded to the tooth. Why is this important? A perfect fit means it’s harder for bacteria to become trapped inside the crown and cause tooth decay or infection.

This simple difference between the two processes is a big reason E4D technology is simply better than CEREC.

Ready for your same day crowns?

Regardless of which method is used, patients appreciate the opportunity to get a crown in a single day rather than waiting a couple of weeks and making a couple of office visits. As always, the most important thing is to choose a dentist with plenty of experience performing the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome.

Interested in E4D crowns in the Norristown, PA, area? Feel free to ask us all your questions. We’re happy to help!