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Dental Bridges and Crowns

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What Are Dental Bridges and Crowns?

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An example of a dental crown
An example of a dental crown

Dental Crowns

Crowns are a cosmetic tooth restoration meant to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Partial crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling and are oftentimes used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Mint Dental uses porcelain crowns because they are strong and mimic the translucency of natural teeth.

Reasons you may need a dental crown:

  • To protect a weak tooth from decay
  • Restore a broken or cracked tooth
  • Save a tooth from future damage and decay
  • To cover a dental implant

Dental Crowns

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An example of a dental crown
An example of a dental crown

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges, otherwise known as replacement teeth, are natural-looking dental applications that can replace a section of missing teeth in your mouth. They may be necessary if someone is missing one or more teeth but is not a candidate for dentures or dental implants.

A bridge is an artificial tooth held in place by a dental crown on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. Dental bridges are ideal for those who have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth.

While there are several types of bridges offered, you and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.

Reasons you may need a fixed bridge:

  • Fill the space of missing teeth
  • Restore your smile
  • Prevent teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Upgrade from a partial denture to a permanent solution

Dental Bridges

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

Dr. Marwa Forest who is doing a dental bridges and crowns

Dental bridges and crowns are an ever-popular tooth restoration option for our patients because they provide countless benefits for the patient, including:

  • Better ability to chew food

  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting

  • Reduce the risk of gum disease

  • Lowers chances for tooth decay

  • More stable than dentures and less invasive than implants

  • Natural-looking and functioning

  • Long-lasting

I had an awesome experience with Mint Dental. I had an emergency tooth issue, and the doctors made it a priority to schedule me had an appointment the next day. The service was great, and the doctor did a great job. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new dentist.

Tony O. (Actual Google Review)

Are Bridges or Crowns Right For You?
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