When you fracture a tooth, Drs. Jonathan or Laura Mears of JL Dental may recommend a dental crown to rebuild the tooth and protect the remaining tooth structure. Depending on how deeply your tooth is fractured, this can be an emergency. If that’s the case, then we can permanently repair your tooth with a crown in a day. Using the E4D system, our dentists can design, fabricate and bond your new crown over a broken tooth in just one appointment.
E4D in Arnold, MO
E4D is a comprehensive system that allows our dentists to manufacture dental crowns and other restorations right here in the office. Normally, we provide traditional crowns that are handcrafted in a dental lab. But when you need a crown in a hurry, E4D can be the ideal solution.
The E4D System
E4D consists of three separate units that work together in order to provide our patients with one-day crowns. The process begins with a digital intraoral camera that captures a detailed image of the damaged tooth, as well as surrounding and opposing teeth. These images are transferred to E4D’s computer, which is loaded with special software that creates a 3D virtual representation of your tooth. With this information, the computer designs your dental crown. Every detail is included—color, size, and shape, right down to the cusps and grooves of the chewing surface if the tooth is a molar. In this way, your new crown will feel no different than your natural tooth did when you bite down.
Finally, the design is sent to the milling unit that will fabricate your crown right here in our Arnold dental practice. Special burrs carve the crown from a single block of porcelain. Your crown will be ready for placement in less than 30 minutes.
Before bonding your crown into place, Dr. Jonathan Mears or Dr. Laura Mears will double-check the crown to make sure the fit is perfect. We also can use hand tools to further polish or stain your crown to exactly match the sheen of nearby teeth. Once the crown is cemented into place, you will have a fully functional tooth again.
To care for your new one-day crown, all you have to do is brush and floss just as you do for your natural teeth.
For a Crown in a Day, Call Our Office
If you’ve broken a tooth and suspect that you might need a dental crown, contact JL Dental to learn more about crowns in a day with the E4D System.