General Dentistry

Professional Dental Crowns

Expert Dental Care in Grafton, WI

Over time, teeth may become cracked or broken. Sometimes it may be due to an accident, and other times it may be the result of poor dental hygiene. Injured teeth pose a serious threat: they can break and are susceptible to further damage from hard foods.

Instead of pulling the damaged tooth, devices such as dental crowns help restore function to your mouth and reduce tooth pain. Dr. Kwiatkowski and Dr. Cairns in Grafton, WI specialize in helping patients improve their smiles and overall dental health through quality crowns that can be completed the same day.

This video shows you the differences between a filling and a crown made using CAD/CAM 3-D technology to repair decayed or damaged teeth.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns can be thought of as covers placed over a damaged tooth to protect it from outside elements. While chipped and cracked teeth are weaker than your surrounding teeth, a crown is a durable piece of dental equipment that acts as a protective shield. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including ceramic, resin, porcelain, or metal. The type you receive ultimately depends on which tooth is affected.

When Crowns Are Right for You

If you have a damaged tooth, you may think that it is better to simply pull it out and receive a dental implant instead. While this is also a viable option, many patients choose crowns because they help preserve natural teeth as long as possible.

While the process of installing a crown involves reshaping and shaving down an injured tooth, it is much less invasive than receiving an implant. This means that you will have less recovery time and immediate function restored to your mouth.

Crowns do not usually last as long as implants, but advances in dental technology mean that a quality crown can last more than 15 years.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

  • Immediately restore function to your mouth
  • A non-invasive procedure to install them with minimal recovery time
  • Crowns are tooth-like and hard for people to tell they are fake
  • Protect your natural teeth without having to extract them
  • Prevent a damaged tooth from suffering further damage

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of a Crown?

We recommend talking with your dental insurance provider to answer this question, as it ultimately depends on your plan. However, most dental insurances partially cover crowns, usually up to 50%. This is when the crown is deemed medically necessary, which is often the case because damaged teeth can cause pain and other dental issues.

Same-Day Dental Crowns in Grafton

Our dentists have decades of experience helping Grafton patients improve their dental health and smile proudly. We are experts at installing crowns, prioritizing patient comfort and safety.

CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The revolutionary technology helps dentists streamline making a crown and restoring a patient’s smile in a single dental visit. First, our dentists will take a digital impression of your teeth using a 3D camera. The image data is then sent to our in-office machine that mills the crown from a ceramic block. The milling process can only take minutes, and after inspecting the new crown, a patient’s dentist will carefully place it.

How do CEREC® Crowns Differ from Traditional Crowns?

CEREC® and traditional crowns are made differently; however, they yield the same result. The biggest advantage is the time it takes to get a crown. A traditional crown requires at least two visits for most patients — one to have dental impressions taken and another to have the crown fitted. In addition, patients are often fitted with a temporary crown placed before a final crown, which can be highly inconvenient. In most cases, a patient will need to avoid eating certain foods that might break or otherwise damage the temporary crown. With a CEREC® crown, the patient bypasses the need for a temporary crown altogether, and they often go home with a crown the same day, with an average time spent in the office of about an hour and a half.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Crowns are one of the most affordable and effective ways to restore function to damaged teeth. If you have broken, chipped, or cracked teeth and think crowns may be right for you, schedule an appointment at our Grafton dental office. Contact our team directly at 262-377-0852 or reach us online.