Dental Crowns – Brookfield, WI

Restore the Integrity of Compromised Teeth

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the entire body. However, it isn’t indestructible. There are all sorts of ways that teeth can become damaged, including poor oral hygiene, a sports injury, or an unexpected accident. If you have a tooth that’s structurally compromised, it becomes vulnerable and is more likely to experience additional damage. Fortunately, at Bright Smiles Dentistry, we offer customized dental crowns from our Brookfield, WI dentist to restore the integrity of damaged teeth. To find out if this is the right option for you, give us a call!

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Why Choose Bright Smiles Dentistry for Dental Crowns?

  • Customized for Natural Appearance
  • Made from High-Quality Porcelain
  • We Accept Dental Insurance

What is a Dental Crown?

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A dental crown is a custom-crafted “cap” that is made to precisely fit over the chewing surface of a damaged or weakened tooth above the gum line. The restoration can be made from a variety of different materials, including porcelain. Dental crowns are generally recommended in the following circumstances:

  • Broken tooth that requires additional support
  • Tooth that’s undergone root canal therapy
  • Severe decay that’s being repaired with a large filling
  • Dental bridge needing support from adjacent teeth
  • Severely misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Missing tooth being replaced with a dental implant

The Process of Getting a Dental Crown

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Having a dental crown placed is a relatively straightforward process, and it can be completed in just two appointments. The first step is to take a look at your mouth to ensure that a dental crown is the best option for you. Once this is confirmed, a thin layer of the enamel needs to be removed. This creates room for the crown to fit comfortably in the mouth and appear natural. An impression is then taken and sent to the dental laboratory where your crown will be crafted.

In the meantime, we will provide you with a temporary crown. This will protect your teeth and help you become accustomed to how your new dental crown will feel. As soon as your final restoration is complete, you will come back to the dental office where it will be adhered using dental cement.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

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Dental crowns provide patients with all sorts of unique benefits. Here are some of the most prominent ones:

  • Feels comfortable
  • Appears natural
  • Customized for you
  • Prevents further damage
  • Lasts 15+ years with proper care
  • Improved ability to chew
  • Increases confidence

Dental Crown FAQs

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Do you have questions about dental crowns in Brookfield? Our team at Bright Smiles Dentistry is happy to help you get the answers you need. If you don’t find what you’re looking for below, please feel free to give our office a call directly.

How long do dental crowns last?

The lifespan of your dental crown depends on how well you maintain it as well as what materials its crafted from. If you brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings every six months, your crown can last for anywhere between five and 15 years. We typically craft our restorations from porcelain because it’s a durable material that can withstand the day-to-day wear-and-tear.

How long does it take to get a dental crown?

Getting your permanent crown placed can take between one and three weeks, depending on if it needs to be adjusted or re-fitted. First, you’ll have your tooth prepared and an impression will be casted of it to send off to a dental laboratory. To protect it, we’ll secure a temporary crown over your tooth until we receive your permanent one into our office. Then, we’ll call you back in to permanently secure it onto your affected tooth.

What problems can dental crowns fix?

Dental crowns can be used for aesthetic and restorative purposes. Some instances in which we may suggest this restoration include:

  • You just had a root canal
  • A tooth is misshapen
  • A tooth has a large filling
  • A tooth has been broken or cracked

Typically, we recommend them whenever a tooth needs a little extra support and protection.

Can I get a cavity on a tooth with a dental crown?

If a crown isn’t properly fitted or damaged, it’s possible for bacteria to get underneath it and cause a cavity to develop. If you notice that your tooth feels more sensitive than usual or your crown appears damaged, call our office immediately so we can make sure decay isn’t developing.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

It doesn’t hurt to get a dental crown because we make sure your mouth is numb before we start the procedure. We’ll inject a local anesthetic to the area we’re treating and gently prepare your tooth. We also offer sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed while you’re in the treatment chair if you feel especially anxious or uneasy about undergoing the procedure.

Can I get an MRI with a dental crown?

You never know when you might need an MRI, which is why it’s a good idea to know what materials are in your mouth and body to make sure it doesn’t interfere with the process! While all-porcelain crowns won’t be affected by the magnetism, metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal ones will. More specifically, the older the metal crown, the higher the risk. Just be sure to let your radiology technician know that you have a crown when they ask if you have any metal in your body.