The bad news is that your dentist says that you need a dental crown. The good news? This is the best time in nearly 3,000 years to get one thanks to the introduction of the IPS e.max crown.
When you think about it, the dental crown is one of history's most remarkable, least remarked upon innovations. It has quietly improved the quality of life for countless millions since the first Etruscan "prosthodontist" used beeswax to affix animal teeth in a patient's mouth more than 2,500 years ago. However, there has been one significant problem with dental crowns since the very beginning. Dental crowns made from the most natural appearing materials (e.g., ivory or porcelain) weren't as durable as those made of stronger, yet aesthetically less appealing materials like gold and silver.
For centuries, dentists and prosthodontists have been seeking the "holy grail": a versatile dental crown material that was natural in appearance, indistinguishable from natural teeth yet strong enough to handle the incredible daily demands of the human mouth. A major leap forward occurred as porcelain veneers evolved into all-ceramic ones; however, some durability issues involving chipping and fracturing remained. At last, the search for the perfect crown appears to be over with the evolution of IPS e.max.
Why Is IPS e.max a Great Choice for Dental Crowns?
In scientific terms, IPS e.max is a lithium disilicate glass ceramic that has been optimized for translucency, durability and strength for use in full anatomical dental restorations. Now, what does this mean to anyone who's not a DDS with a PhD in applied materials? Simply put, with IPS e.max crowns, dental patients finally have the best of both worlds. They can benefit from the beauty of cementable all-ceramic crowns that perfectly match their existing teeth without compromising strength and durability.