Crowns & Bridges

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Can you imagine losing your smile and then getting it back again in the same day? It is actually possible with today’s dental crowns.

It was not all that long ago that getting a dental crown made and installed was very inconvenient, requiring several visits to your dentist office. Now, though, you can have crowns made and installed in just one visit, thanks to the E4D system. It allows your dentist to scan your teeth, and then design and mill your crown in a single visit – no more goopy impressions, no more uncomfortable temporary crowns, and no more waiting for a lab to make your crown.

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How Does It Work?

The E4D system from Platte Valley Dental Care relies on computer technology to scan and record the shape of your mouth. You no longer need impressions because the computer software delivers all the precision that is needed. Once the images are taken, they are delivered to a milling unit where your crown is manufactured. The quality, in the end, is every bit as good as if you had been subjected to those horrible impressions and had your crown made by a master ceramist in an off-site lab. It is fast, it is efficient, and it saves you money because you do not have to keep coming back over and over to your dentist’s office.

Many patients prefer this option simply because they do not want to have to deal with temporary crowns, like the inconvenience of having to be careful of what they chew unless the temporary crown break and even cause further damage to the tooth. With the E4D system, these concerns are things of the past. It really is possible to have a crown made and placed in one day without the need for temporary crowns.


Once you have your dental crowns installed, you will need to follow a few simple steps. Just avoid eating tough or sticky foods, and within about 24 hours, you can go back to your normal routine. As time passes, keep in mind that your dental crowns will not decay, but you will still need to see your dentist regularly. This is because the underlying tooth structure can still be vulnerable, and if you should have the misfortune to develop gum disease, your crowns could end up being compromised.

You should not experience pain following the installation of dental crowns. Some sensitivity is a possibility, but you can rest assured that it will be temporary and should disappear in 2-3 weeks. If you do experience more discomfort than seems normal, you should get in touch with your dentist right away.

Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can severely impact your bite, and may lead to further tooth loss. A bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth (or two). The teeth on either side of the space are crowned, and a bridge containing the artificial tooth is attached to these abutments. It also requires two appointments, but at the first visit, you are fitted with a temporary tooth so you are more comfortable and the missing tooth is not noticeable.

Contact Us

If you have broken or damaged teeth and are considering dental crowns or a dental bridge for missing teeth, contact Platte Valley Dental Care in Platte City, Missouri at 816-858-2027. We will be happy to talk with you about dental crowns, dental bridges and other ways of restoring your teeth.

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