A dental crown strengthens a damaged tooth and can improve the appearance, shape, or even alignment of your tooth. If you have tooth damage, decay, or need an old crown replaced, James Hill, DDS, and the team at Madison Lakes Dental, Wisconsin, can help. They provide tooth-colored crowns to restore your smile and bite to the most natural-looking state possible. Call the office or go online to book your crown appointment.
Crowns Q & A
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire outer portion of your tooth. This common and beneficial treatment is necessary if you have a tooth that’s been damaged beyond the point that a filling can restore it. You may need a dental crown to:
- Protect a tooth that’s weak because of a crack or fracture
- Strengthen and protect a tooth after a root canal
- Restore a tooth that’s discolored or poorly shaped
- Support a dental bridge
- Restore a dental implant
Dental crowns are also important to protect your teeth if you have an old filling that’s too large to replace.
How does a dentist perform a crown treatment?
Madison Lakes Dental partners with a state-of-the-art dental lab that fabricates durable crowns that are built to last. To get your tooth ready for a crown, your dentist performs any necessary treatments, such as removing decay or conducting a root canal.
The next step involves reshaping your tooth with a dental drill so that it can become a stable anchor for your dental crown. After prepping your tooth, getting a series of impressions is necessary.
The team gathers molds of your treated tooth and surrounding teeth for crown fabrication to ensure your new crown fits in seamlessly with your natural bite. You leave the office that day with a temporary crown to protect your treated tooth.
After about two or three weeks, your new crown arrives in the office, and the team schedules you for a follow-up visit. Your dentist cleans your treated tooth and makes corrections to your crown if any parts feel high or bulky. Once your crown feels comfortable, your dentist bonds it into place.
Is a dental crown permanent?
A dental crown is made of a rugged material like porcelain, which withstands years of wear-and-tear. In most cases, dental crowns last for up to a decade, although they can certainly last a lifetime with proper care.
The team at Madison Lakes Dental schedules you for twice-a-year cleanings and exams to help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Dental cleanings are particularly important for crown maintenance because while crowns don’t decay, your underlying tooth can. Early detection and removal of plaque and tartar are essential for the longevity of your crown.
Madison Lakes Dental provides durable, natural-looking crowns. If you need a crown, book an exam online or by phone today.