Dental Crown FAQs

Do you have questions about dental crowns in Appleton, Wisconsin? Read our FAQ page to find answers! We also invite you to call Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 920-996-0123 if you have any additional questions or to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Stephen Moore or Dr. Nathan Hoftiezer.

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a custom-fitted cap that covers the entirety of a tooth, from the gum line to the chewing surface. It is used to restore the shape, size, strength and appearance of a tooth.

When are dental crowns recommended?

Crowns are often recommended for teeth that are broken, worn down, or have had large portions destroyed by tooth decay. A crown may also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes, such as protecting a tooth after a root canal, anchoring a dental bridge, completing a dental implant, or enhancing the appearance of your teeth and smile.

What is the dental crown process?

The process of getting a dental crown usually requires two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves examining and preparing the tooth, which may include taking X-rays and making a mold of your mouth. The tooth is then filed down or built up to fit the crown, and a temporary crown is placed. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and cemented into place. The time between the two visits can vary but is typically about two weeks.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, dental crowns can last between five to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear it is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices and your personal mouth-related habits (like grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging).

How do I care for my dental crown?

Caring for a dental crown involves the same practices as caring for your natural teeth. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and using an antiseptic mouthwash can help prevent decay and gum disease. Additionally, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects that could damage the crown. Regular dental checkups are crucial to monitor the crown and the underlying tooth.