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Dental Crowns

What are Dental Crowns? 

Dental crowns are caps that are cemented or bonded to the remaining tooth structure of damaged or decayed teeth. When a filling is too large, crowns are used in place so the tooth won't break from becoming dry or brittle. 

Windsor Family Dental provides undetectable restorative dentistry procedures. If your teeth have experienced damage beyond repair, porcelain or gold dental crowns can make your smile appear new. Dental crowns are a reliable method of repairing even the most severe dental problems.

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What Dental Issues Do Crowns Fix? 

When a tooth is chipped, broken or decayed, crowns restore it back to its natural size, shape and function. Crowns are recommended for patients with cracked teeth, large fillings, root canals or worn-down teeth. Crowns can even cover implants or other restorations. 

How is a Dental Crown Done?

Fitting your dental crown will require at least two visits to our office.

During your first dental crown visit, a dentist will:

  1. Remove decay from the tooth and when necessary provide additional support for your new crown.
  2. Prepare and shape the tooth to make it ready for your new crown.
  3. We will take an impression or digital scan with the iTero during the procedure.
  4. Fit the tooth with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal

During your second dental crown appointment, we’ll:

  1. Remove the temporary crown
  2. Fit and adjust the final crown
  3. Cement the crown into place
Restorative dental crowns in Dane County

Crown on Implant

In some cases, an implant will be used to restore a missing tooth down to the root structure. The dental implant is screwed into the jawbone while a crown is placed like a cap on top of the implant to look and function like a normal tooth. 

Root Canal to Crown Process

Depending on the location of the tooth, root canals sometimes require the addition of a crown or other restoration procedure to protect and restore teeth to their full function. The procedure consists of a dentist removing inflamed or infected pulp and carefully cleaning the inside of the root canal to then fill and seal the space. Molars and premolars generally require crowns. 

Are dental crowns a good idea?

Dental crowns are a good idea for most patients with damaged or decayed teeth. Their benefits include:

  • Offer support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth
  • Look completely natural.
  • Improve alignment of crooked teeth.
  • Solve functional chewing problems

When are dental crowns recommended?

Dental crowns are typically recommended for patients who have experienced:

  • Damage, or extensive decay to teeth
  • Structural tooth loss due to wearing or acid erosion
  • Broken fillings
  • When a the integrity of a tooth is compromised due to an undermined cusp.
  • Tooth pain from hairline cracks
  • Cracked Teeth

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns typically last 5 to 15 years (sometimes longer!) – as close to permanent as dental treatment can get. Our dentists use renowned technology to secure the longevity of your treatment.

Dental Crown Cost in Wisconsin

A dental crown typically costs between $1,100 and $2,000 in Wisconsin. A few factors will influence the cost, including the materials used to create your restoration. Your insurance coverage may reduce the cost of your dental crown. We’re happy to provide an affordable payment plan before your procedure. We provide exceptional restorative dental procedures to patients throughout Dane County including Madison, DeForest and Sun Prairie.

Emergency Dentist for Broken Crowns

Contact Windsor Family Dentistry for emergency repair of broken dental crowns. To relieve pain and prevent more damage, our emergency dentists reconnect or make temporary crowns using dental cement. Call us right now for fast relief.

Ready to restore your smile? Contact our office today to schedule a dental crown appointment.

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Crowns FAQs


What are the different types of crowns?

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal and zirconium. The type of crown you get will depend on your aesthetic preferences, durability and how much you are willing to spend. Porcelain crowns tend to provide the most natural look while gold crowns provide exceptional durability and strength.

Can you get a crown without a root canal?

There are many reasons why you may need a crown but not root canal therapy. Since crowns aren't normally placed on healthy teeth, your tooth's nerve tissue could be compromised due to extensive damage, which is why you might need root canal treatment first. Crowns may be used just to improve the discoloration of a tooth, chipped teeth, or act as anchors for dental bridges.

Is it better to pull a tooth or get a crown?

Dental crowns tend to be better than tooth extractions because you get to keep your natural teeth. Saving your natural teeth is preferred because natural teeth are stronger, they prevent teeth from shifting, they help maintain your youthful appearance and confidence and they save you money on procedural costs. Extractions are typically a last resort for most dentists.

What can I get instead of a crown?

3 of the best alternatives to traditional dental crowns include inlays, onlays and porcelain veneers. Inlays are useful for people who need treatment on the cusp of their tooth. Onlays are similar and cover the damage on the entire top of the tooth (the biting area). Porcelain veneers are typically used to replicate the color and feel of a real tooth in the front of the mouth. Talk to your dentist to figure out what option is best for you.

Do crowns rot your teeth?

If your crown becomes damaged, you may experience tooth decay from the build-up of bacteria. Small infections can be hard to detect which is why it's best to visit your dentist regularly for exams. Decay underneath your crown is usually caused by lack of proper oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year.

Can you get a cavity under a crown?

A cavity can develop beneath a crown but it can be difficult to detect since the crown covers most of the tooth's surface. The two types of cavities you may see under a crown are marginal or residual. Marginal decay is caused by bacteria clinging to difficult-to-clean areas on the tooth. Residual decay is just a larger version of what caused the tooth to need a crown. Your dentist may have missed some decay during the crown procedure. Make sure you're using proper oral hygiene techniques and visit your dentist to catch any problems that may arise.


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Ann B.

I always enjoy my teeth cleaning with Emily. You can tell from her attitude that she really cares about her patients. She really is the best. Everyone is helpful at Windsor Family Dental. I highly recommend them.

Nick Z.

Dana, my hygienist, did a fantastic job. With over 25 years of experience, she skillfully engaged in conversation with me while working on my teeth, making the cleaning process pleasant and comfortable. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kristi, Dr. DeMatthew's assistant, who was friendly and personable. Dr. DeMatthew herself was articulate in explaining the details of my dental health, making sure I understood everything clearly. Overall, my experience at Windsor Family Dental was wonderful, and I highly recommend Dr. DeMatthew and her staff.

Kaci K.

I had to switch dental clinics because of insurance reasons and I am happy to have landed at Windsor Family Dental. The staff here is great and I love Dr. Zhao, she addressed a concern that I’ve had for years and put my mind at ease. Everyone made me feel comfortable and after my visit my lifelong dread of dental appointments has vanished.

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