Dental Crowns – Weyauwega, WI
Stronger Restorations for Healthier Smiles
For decades, patients living with decayed and damaged teeth have turned to dental crowns in Weyauwega to repair and restore their smiles. These time-tested, artificial teeth remain one of the most effective restorative solutions available, allowing individuals to enjoy renewed oral health and an improved aesthetic. However, one thing has changed – the way they’re made. Dr. William Twohig is one of a growing number of dental professionals who offer metal-free dental crowns. Instead of relying on traditional amalgam, these custom-made restorations are made using high-quality materials that are non-toxic, biocompatible, and natural in appearance. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Twohig to see if you need a dental crown to repair your broken smile.
What is a Dental Crown?
Also known as a “cap,” dental crowns are custom-made prosthetics that mimic the look of your natural tooth while protecting the weakening structure beneath it. Most often, patients with severely decayed or damaged teeth can expect to be recommended for a dental crown, as they are ideal solutions to help strengthen the natural structure while protecting it from future reinfection or damage.
It is also possible that Dr. Twohig might recommend a dental crown if you:
- Have a chipped or broken tooth
- Have an enlarged filling that has spread and caused damage to the tooth
- Experience discoloration of a particular tooth
- Recently underwent a root canal or dental implant placement
The Dental Crown Process
The process of receiving a dental crown typically takes two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, your dentist in Weyauwega will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the area surrounding it before clearing away any of the decayed areas of your tooth. Once your tooth is reshaped and any remaining debris is removed, Dr. Twohig will take an impression of your tooth and send it off to a lab where technicians will begin to fabricate your customized dental crown. You will then receive a temporary crown, which you will wear while until your finalized prosthetic is ready for placement.
Your final appointment will consist of removing your temporary crown and replacing it with the final restoration. A special bonding agent will be used to secure it in place, ensuring it remains strong and sturdy for a healthier, fully functional smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
- You’ll enjoy an improved aesthetic that results in boosted confidence
- You will rest easy knowing your weakened tooth is fully protected from further reinfection or damage
- These restorations are quick and easy to place, requiring only two dental visits
- They are easy to clean and do not require you to purchase any special tools or products
- Dental crowns are made using the highest-quality materials. When properly maintained, they can last a decade or longer
Dental Crown FAQs
As you prepare to receive your customized dental crowns in Weyauwega, you may have questions about what you can expect once they are firmly in place. Dr. Twohig and our team are here to answer your questions and provide a more clearly defined explanation as to the process of receiving dental crowns as well as what life is like after receiving your newly created artificial teeth. Review the questions below and feel free to contact our office if you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Twohig.
Are dental crowns permanent?
Dental crowns are not permanent restorations. Instead, they can last anywhere from 10-15 years depending on how well you take care of them. Normal wear and tear cause them to break down over time. If left untreated, bacteria and infection can arise, resulting in worsening oral health conditions that can lead to a root canal or a tooth extraction.
This is why we strongly recommend that you take proper care of your teeth even after you receive a dental crown. This will ensure that they last longer and hold up against anything that might try to damage or infect your underlying teeth.
Do dental crowns get cavities?
You’ll be pleased to learn that dental crowns cannot develop cavities. They are not made from the same porous material that makes up tooth enamel, so nothing can penetrate the outer layer. However, if your crowns need to be replaced because they are past their average lifespan, and you do not seek treatment, cavities can form underneath your crowns, negatively impacting your vulnerable tooth structures.
Are dental crowns safe for an MRI?
The crowns created today are unlikely to cause problems should you require an MRI. Those made of metal can lead to problems when undergoing this type of scan, as it can warp the image and make it difficult for your physician to read. It can also cause the restoration to loosen and become damaged. Fortunately, Dr. Twohig uses metal-free restorations so that you not only receive a safer and healthier crown, but you’ll be better protected if you require any kind of medical scan or imaging.
What happens if you wait too long to get a dental crown?
Decay can spread quickly, so if it is not treated in a timely manner, there is the possibility that a root canal or a tooth extraction will be required. Your dentist in Weyauwega can share a timeline with you during your consultation so that you are aware of how long you can wait before undergoing treatment.
If you lose a dental crown at any time, you do not need to panic, as it is not something that requires same-day treatment. However, you will want to call our office and schedule an appointment so that Dr. Twohig can examine the tooth and determine if the crown needs to be re-bonded or replaced.