A dental crown or cap, as it is also commonly known is placed over a tooth to cover and protect it from breakage usually after a root canal treatment or sometimes used to restore a tooth’s shape and size or aesthetic appearance. When cemented into place, crowns fully encase the entire visible part of a tooth that sit above the gum line.
Most crowns are made of a metal material and coated in porcelain. However, when considering anterior crowns (think the visible teeth in the front when you speak or smile) most patient’s are greatly, and understandably so, concerned with the appearance of these crowns. At DentAlign studio, Dr Scopu offers her patients the latest in ceramic technology: E-Max crowns. These all-ceramic crowns are preferred for anterior tooth restorations for their longer lasting, aesthetic qualities.
What is an E-Max Crown?
This type of all-ceramic crown with an appealing translucent color. Typically with porcelain-fused to metal crowns, the color of the crown is an opaque tone because of the metal inside it, this may cause a crown to look less like a natural tooth. With an E-Max crown the translucency is combined with an extra strength and durability and the end result is a crown that looks like your own tooth. The reason behind this is that the crown is made from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic, a top grade material which has been harvested for its toughness and durability.
The transparent color and shape that can be achieved with an E-Max crown are what make it the best match for your natural teeth.
Also, because it’s all-ceramic crown, there is no metal alloy base which means that there won’t be an unsightly looking gray line along the gum line.
Being fitted for an E-Max crown
There may be some preparation involved although this depends upon the state of your teeth and the extent of work that is needed. This preparation begins with an examination of the tooth to be treated. The tooth is cleaned and then reshaped using a small drill. The idea behind this is to improve the shape of the tooth and its condition so that it is ready for the fitting of the crown.
An impression is then taken of your teeth. This involves the use of impression material which you will be asked to bite into. The impression left by your teeth is used by a dental lab as a cast which is then used in the fabrication of your E-Max crown.
Then, Dr Scopu will fit a temporary crown which you will wear for two to three weeks until your new crown is ready. Once it is ready then you will return to the office to permanently cement the crown.
Call us today to replace an old crown with an E-Max crown!