When a patient comes to us with a cracked or chipped tooth, or if we find they have an advanced cavity or an infection, then we may prescribe a crown. Many people assume this means setting them up for multiple visits. However! Your Gladstone, MO, dentist can offer same-day treatment with custom-made and lifelike ceramic crowns.

The E4D System

The E4D system employs CAD/CAM technology, which enables our team to design, create, and place a dental restoration in a single visit. No need for multiple appointments, you leave the office with a healthier and more attractive smile. To begin, we need to remove a little structure from the tooth, which makes room for a crown. Next, we take digital impressions of the tooth using advanced technology. The digital images and measurements we gather enable our team to create a 3D model of the tooth and design the restoration. We then send the information to the E4D milling machine, which sits onsite. The machine then mills the tooth from ceramic, a strong material that can absorb bite forces and also contains stain-resistant materials. We shade the ceramic to blend with the rest of your smile as well. Using a powerful bonding agent, we will place the competed crown, which covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Addressing Your Unique Needs

We often employ them to address restorative and cosmetic issues. For example, we can use them to repair teeth that have become worn down, cracked, or chipped. They treat advanced tooth decay and even infections, completing root canal procedures. We’ve also used them to reshape misshapen teeth and even mask permanent teeth stains. For those with missing teeth, they help secure a dental bridge and offer a restoration for a single tooth dental implant.

Maintaining Your Smile

Will your newly repaired tooth require care and attention? Yes. The restoration is strong, but the tooth the restoration is attached to is still susceptible to cavities and gum disease. Routine care is needed to safeguard it, as well as the rest of your smile. You should brush your teeth twice a day, when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes and we recommend a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Before going to bed, make sure you floss your teeth thoroughly, going up and down the sides of each tooth. Finally, make time to see us for routine checkups and dental cleanings every six months.

Do Need Restorative Care?

If you have a damaged tooth, or have developed an oral health issue, such a decay, then you may need a restoration. To learn more about our same day crowns, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.