Let's face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that -- "fill" a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. E4D is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment!
E4D uses an digital optical impression to provide same day dental restorations without temporary crowns. E4D technology provides restorations that are functionally identical to CEREC crowns, CEREC fillings, and CEREC veneers.
First, Dr. Mussone examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of your Dentist. Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.
Then, Dr. Mussone takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens. A camera is used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.
Next, the E4D machine helps Dr. Mussone create the restoration for your tooth. The E4D 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Mussone then uses his or her dental expertise to design the restoration using the E4D 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, Dr. Mussone clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, Dr. Mussone tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about E4D today.
For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist...in, out, and on with your busy life.
The E4D Design Center is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the E4D camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and E4D 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the E4D Milling Unit.
Dr Mussone selects a ceramic block that matches the shade ofthe tooth being repaired. He or she then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the E4D Design Center is used to direct two diamond coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, your dentist polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place.
E4D™ is a registered trademark of D4D Technologies.
The Practice of Christopher Mussone, DDS
Address: 1685 Briargate Boulevard, Suite A • Colorado Springs, CO 80920 • Phone: 719-590-7277
Dr. Mussone your Colorado Springs CO dentist provides General & Cosmetic Dentistry services including:
porcelain veneers, dental implants, same day crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.