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There are so many different types of cosmetic and restorative procedures and treatments being available today, it’s understandable that there may be some confusion about which treatment best suits your situation - dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Our Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist office offers all these services. Here is a rundown of uses for each:
 
What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns ("caps") are one of dentistry's most versatile types of restorations. Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.

Although there are several types of crowns porcelain are the most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

When is a dental crown used?

A crown essentially becomes the new tooth, restoring it to its original shape and may be used to strengthen broken, fractured teeth, cover large or fractured fillings or for cosmetic enhancement. In addition, a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment may have a crown placed.  This protects the tooth, prevents it from breaking, and restores it to its full function.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment at the Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist office will include taking several highly accurate impressions used to create a temporary crown as well as your permanent custom crown.  

The dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Your temporary crown is then placed and your dentist will ensure a proper bite.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your dentist will place the new crown carefully to ensure that spacing and bite are accurate. You will receive instructions for care and cleaning before you are sent home with a beautiful, enhanced smile.

Dental implants are an excellent choice for replacement of missing teeth. Losing a tooth can have seriously implications because it causes oral health problems as well as difficulty speaking properly along with the inability to eat certain foods. Obviously, you may also experience a lack of confidence in your appearance and want to hide your smile. But our St. Paul Dental Implants Office gives offers tooth replacement options that are very effective. Dental implants have quickly become the preferred tooth replacement method for dentists and patients.

A dental implant is made up of a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. After placement, the implant bonds with your jaw bone and forms a strong foundation for a natural-looking dental restoration. Once the post is firmly seated in the jaw, the dentist attaches the restoration to the implant. Since the titanium post takes replaces the tooth’s missing root, dental implants integrate with the structure of surrounding bone to mimic the appearance and strength of your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They are an exceptional tooth replacement option when used alone, but they can also be used to help improve the stability and comfort of existing dentures or bridges.
Our St. Paul Dental Implants Office strategically places dental implants to stabilize bridges and dentures. Bridges stay in place because they are affixed to adjacent teeth, but this can cause unnecessary strain and structural stress on a patient’s natural teeth. Now, a patient’s bridge can be anchored to a dental implant, ensuring a comfortable fit, taking the pressure off healthy, natural teeth.
 
Dental implants can be used alone or with dentures and bridges to improve the appearance and functionality of a patient’s smile. They are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing stability and a natural-looking restoration.

There are so many different types of cosmetic and restorative procedures and treatments being discussed online and in the news today that it’s understandable there may be some confusion about which treatment best suits your situation - dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Today I’d like to speak to you specifically about crowns, their uses and benefits.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns ("caps") are one of dentistry's most versatile types of restorations. Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.

Although there are several types of crowns porcelain are the most popular.  They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

When is a dental crown used?

A crown essentially becomes the new tooth restoring it to its original shape and may be used to strengthen broken, fractured teeth, cover large or fractured fillings or for cosmetic enhancement. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This protects the tooth, prevents it from breaking, and restores it to its full function.

What does getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment at St. Paul Highland Park General Dentist Office will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) used to create a temporary crown as well as your permanent custom crown.  

We then prepares the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Your temporary crown is then placed and checked to ensure a proper bite.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure that spacing and bite are accurate. You will receive instructions for care and cleaning before you are sent home with a beautiful, enhanced smile.

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