Dental Bridges and Crowns
What Are Dental Bridges and Crowns?
The Crowns and Bridges Process: What to Expect
At Mint Dental, our passion is to make it easier for patients to live their lives with more beautiful and functional smiles. This includes making sure you feel comfortable throughout the entire restoration process. What can you expect in getting a dental crown or bridge?
- The dental crown procedure.
At your dental visit at either our Edina or Shakopee locations, we will cement the crown onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gumline. The result: The crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Unlike fillings, which are applied directly to your tooth in your mouth, crowns are fabricated in a lab and are created using the impression of your tooth.
This allows a dental technician to examine all aspects of your bite to ensure a perfect fit. The crown is then sculpted, so your bite and jaw movements function normally once it is placed on your tooth.
- The dental bridge procedure.
Stage 1: Teeth Preparation
We will clean and prepare your natural teeth on either side of the gap. Once cleaned, we will remove part of your existing tooth structure so the dental crowns will be able to act as supports for the bridge (we may use a local anesthetic for your comfort). We will then take an impression of your teeth and send it to our laboratory, where the permanent restoration appliances will be customized to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. During the time between visits, we will provide you with temporary crowns and a bridge to protect your teeth and gums from further damage while your permanent restorations are being crafted.
Stage 2: Bridge Placement
Once your permanent dental bridge has returned from the laboratory, we will bring you back to our office for the second stage of the procedure. At the appointment, we will replace your temporary restorations with the permanent crowns that will attach the bridge. We will ensure the crowns are carefully secured with a special cement or bonding solution. Once the bridge is placed, we will make sure your new tooth restorations fit comfortably and look seamless with your new smile. You will then receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure, including brushing and flossing instructions.
Depending on the current shade of your teeth, we may recommend you have your teeth professionally whitened before the procedure. We want to ensure your current teeth match as closely as possible to the custom-made dental bridge.
The Benefits of Restoring Your Teeth With These Restorations
Dental bridges and crowns are an ever-popular tooth restoration option for our patients because they provide countless benefits for the patient, including:
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