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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 easy to care for and function as a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Unlike dentures and some bridges, dental implants it is not necessary to remove them to maintain proper oral hygiene. Patients with dental implants provided by St. Paul Dental Implants Office are able to care for them with regular brushing and flossing in the same way they would care for their natural teeth,

With proper care your dental implants can last for decades. However there are certain steps you should take to preserve the longevity of your dental implant. Remember that, despite the inherent strength of the implant itself, care should be taken to protect the exposed dental restoration.

Here are some things to be aware of if you have dental implants:

Teeth grinding

Grinding or clenching of teeth (also known as Bruxism) puts unnecessary strain on dental implants, causing the restoration to wear down prematurely. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep and may not even be aware that they’re doing it. If you wake up with soreness in your jaw or tooth pain, it may be an indication that you’re suffering from bruxism.

Chewing Hard Foods

Chewing hard foods like hard candies or ice creates stress on your natural teeth and your dental restorations. If you do regularly eat hard candies or chew on ice, you risk chipping or cracking your crowns.

Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco will cause your natural teeth and your restorations to discolor over time. Dental implants as well as natural enamel can take on a dark, stained appearance from habitual tobacco use.

Dental implants are a practical, long-term tooth replacement option, and with proper care they will serve you well for many years to come. Before you choose dental implants, take the time to minimize bad dental habits and treat bruxism. Our Saint Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office can help you understand how the treatment process works and whether or not dental implants are the right option for you.

When you lose a tooth, it can have an unfortunate impact on your life, causing difficulty with speaking and eating certain types of foods. In addition you may experience the resulting lack of confidence in your appearance. But at Highland Park St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist you have more tooth replacement options with modern cosmetic dentistry than ever before, and one option in particular, the dental implant, is quickly becoming the preferred course of treatment for missing teeth.

A dental implant consists of a small titanium post surgically implanted into the bone. During the initial phase of the implant process, the titanium bonds with your jaw bone to form a strong foundation for a natural-looking dental restoration. Once the post is firmly seated in the jaw, the restoration is affixed to the implant. Because the titanium post takes the place of the tooth’s missing root, dental implants are actually integrated into the structure of the 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 can strategically place 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, and taking the pressure off of 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.

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