Dental Crowns Milwaukee, WI
Have a healthy, full smile with Dental Crowns!
We all know how important a good smile is. Not only is it welcoming, but it helps maintain a healthy jaw. But sometimes, our smile deteriorates, and we’re scared to show it at all. Dr. Rick Winter, Dr. Bruce Winter, and Hampton Dental Associates are glad to offer dental crowns to help patients restore their confident and healthy smile. If you want your smile back, contact our Milwaukee, WI office today to schedule your dental crown consultation.
What are dental crowns?
Dental Crowns or “caps” are coverings for your tooth or teeth. Dental Caps can be made several materials, including gold, porcelain fused to gold or one of our porcelain options. Your options for dental crowns depend on the space available, esthetic needs and functional requirements for the tooth. Dental caps are not one size fits all. Instead, they have indications, advantages, and disadvantages, unique for each patient’s needs.
These crowns are cemented or bonded to the remaining tooth structure and provide protection for the underlying tooth for years to come. Typically, crowns are needed when a filling is too large (over 70-80 percent of the width of the remaining tooth.) Since fillings can flex or bend at a different rate then your tooth structure, teeth with large fillings can break necessitating crowns. Teeth that have had root canals usually need dental caps as well as the remaining tooth structure gets dry and brittle and can break without covering the remaining tooth with a crown.
What problems can they fix?
Crowns restore teeth back to their normal size, shape, and most importantly, function! Teeth that are worn, chipped or cracked can have an adverse impact on your bite alignment, or occlusion. Crowns can help teeth to even out the workload of occlusion. A full smile is not just an aesthetic choice, but a healthy one too.
Who is the ideal candidate for a dental cap?
At Hampton Dental Associate, we recommend crowns for patients that have large cracks, large leaking fillings, root canals, or broken down or worn teeth. Patients may also elect to have crowns to cover implants, excessively large restorations, or a large filling. If you feel that you should have dental crowns, contact our Milwaukee, WI office for more information.
What types of crowns do you use?
We use caps made by microscopic dental labs and master ceramists. The materials used can include:
- Lithium disilicate
- Obsidian fused to metal
Dr. Winter and Winter base their recommendation for crown types on the functional and esthetic demands of the patient.
What other options are available?
Our first option is always to try and save as much of your natural teeth as we can. If your tooth has deteriorated and has lost bone (gum disease), has fractures or is failing, then we will need to use a dental implant or dental bridge. Dr. Winter and Winter will discuss your options during your consultation at our Milwaukee, WI office.
What is a dental cap procedure like?
The procedure is painless as your dentist will anesthetize you. They will then gently prepare the tooth by removing some tooth structure around the tooth, make an impression, and send it to the laboratory. The patient will wear a temporary crown while they wait for the crown to be fabricated. Once the permanent dental crown is ready, you will come in for another visit and your dentist will add it to the tooth.
What is the recovery period after getting dental crowns?
Other than some slight gum tenderness, you can resume activities immediately after the appointment. There is no recovery unless the tooth has other issues. If there is pain after the crown appointment, you should let the dentist know so they can evaluate the bite, nerve health and make sure there is no excess cement or retraction cord under the gum.
How long do porcelain crowns last?
Crowns can last anywhere from 7-20 years based on the quality of the lab, the skill of the dentist, the amount of height and width of the remaining tooth structure, and the cleaning and maintenance attentiveness of the patient. If someone does not floss or clean their beautiful crowns, they will fail. If a former dentist ground down the tooth too much and the remaining tooth structure is compromised, the longevity of the cap is compromised. Getting crowns requires maintenance, flossing, cleaning and monitoring of the bite and chewing forces of all the teeth, so six month check ups are always recommended.
How to properly care for crowns?
Daily home care is important to proper care. Be sure to floss, brush twice daily. It’s also important to use some form of fluoride dentifrice or prescription fluoride to maintain the crown and the seal between the crown and remaining tooth structure.
Read more about our Dental Crown Cases.