Frequently Asked Questions
What is the IPS e.max system?
The IPS e.max system consists of a few, metal-free materials that upon fabrication closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. Because e.max all-ceramic crowns are created from a single piece of a material called lithium disilicate, your dentist has greater ability to match your original tooth's color, consistency and physical characteristics. E.max is the leading all-ceramic restoration used today; a perfect replacement to the traditional metal-based structure utilized in the past.
What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
A veneer is a very thin layer of ceramic that is added to the surface of a person's front teeth.
A crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth and adds strength and stability. Crowns may be used to repair a tooth that has been worn down due to various reasons teeth grinding, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay are a few common reasons.
What is the procedure like?
Your doctor will evaluate your individual needs to determine the best course of treatment. The procedure to improve your smile will vary based on your situation so it is best to discuss this with your doctor.
How much do these procedures typically cost?
The cost of the procedure will vary based on your dentist's diagnosis. The cost will also depend on factors such as whether you have cavities or teeth that are in need of specific treatment, as well as your type of insurance. It is best to have this conversation during your initial consultation with your dentist to be able to gain a clear understanding of how much your procedure(s) will cost.
Will my insurance cover any or all of my procedure?
Insurance coverage will depend on what your employer has contracted for with your insurance company.
Can I go whiter than my actual teeth?
In many cases, your e.max smile can be whiter than your actual teeth. Often times, the treatment will also require some bleaching of your unrestored teeth to make sure that your smile has a consistent beautiful appearance.
Do I have to avoid certain foods after I have my procedure?
There are nearly no restrictions to the kinds of food which can be eaten with your e.max smile. Because the material is highly stain resistant it is not necessary to abstain from strongly colored foods. In terms of food consistency, a good rule of thumb is to avoid chewing anything with your new teeth that you would not have chewed with your natural teeth. (i.e. olive pits, popcorn kernels, bones, bottle caps, etc.)
How long will my e.max smile last?
E.max lithium disilicate is an extremely durable material and has been clinically proven for more than 10 years in the dental industry. With proper care and regular dental visits, e.max restorations can serve you well for years to come.
Is an e.max smile reversible?
In most cases patients pursue an e.max smile as a life changing improvement. The durability and visual appeal of the product is made to stand the test of time. E.max is designed to be a permanent solution for healthy lasting smiles which improve a patient's quality of life.
Glossary of Terms
All-ceramic restorations are made up of entirely non-metal materials (glass) and more closely resemble natural teeth. Examples of all-ceramic restorations include: crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, and onlays
A bridge is a way for a dentist to fill in a space left by a missing tooth. Because a missing tooth does not have a foundation to apply a crown, the dentist prepares the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Then, a piece of ceramic is made which looks like three teeth but rather than being separate, they are all joined together. The two prepared teeth are covered by ceramic and the area where the missing tooth was is filled with a natural looking piece of ceramic that resembles a tooth.
Cementation is a way to hold restorations in place within the patient's mouth.
A crown is a piece of ceramic shaped like a tooth that replaces any decayed tooth that a dentist has removed. A ceramic crown typically makes up the majority of a tooth after it is cemented in place.
Implants are an alternative to bridges which persevere the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. In an implant procedure, an artificial root is put in place to become an anchor point for a crown which will fill in the empty space left by the missing tooth.
A mould of your teeth. Your dentist may use a putty-like substance to make this mould or use a digital imaging camera.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
A process that aims to preserve as much natural tooth as possible. In cases where there is tooth decay, the dentist will need to remove the diseased tooth structure so that the decay does not spread. Restoration
The finished product which changes the appearance of a tooth or corrects a dental problem.
The act of removing decayed tooth structure to make room for a replacement restoration. Temporary Restoration
Plastic teeth that are created and given to patients to utilize during the time their final restorations are being fabricated of ceramic. Patients can still go about daily life even with these restorations.
Translucency refers to the amount of light that passes through a tooth. Natural teeth exhibit varying levels of translucency so it is important for a dental restoration to reveal similar properties. Restorations can be classified as high translucent or low translucent. High translucency restorations allow for maximum amount of light to pass through. Low translucency restorations are the opposite and allow minimal amount of light to pass through. Every tooth is different so your doctor can determine which option is best for you.
A specific plan that you have discussed and agreed to with your dentist about how your new smile will be created.
A veneer is a very thin layer of ceramic that is added to the surface of a person's front teeth. In some cases, a dentist may not even need to remove any natural tooth. However, if there is decay or a drastic color change is desired, the dentist will have to reduce the size of the teeth slightly to make room for the veneer to be added.