Dental Bridges and Crowns
What Are Dental Bridges and Crowns?
Dental crowns are the best way to restore and treat teeth that have been damaged by serious tooth decay, or that have been cracked or broken due to an oral injury. Crowns are built out of porcelain that looks and feels just like natural tooth enamel, and they are designed to cover up and replace your entire tooth after it has been trimmed and prepared.
Getting dental crowns to restore damaged and decayed teeth in Edina and Shakopee has a number of great benefits, such as:
- Avoiding further complications. An untreated cavity, for example, could result in a tooth infection unless you restore your tooth with a crown. This saves you both time and money
- Restoring your natural bite and smile to provide you with enhanced confidence
- Eliminating the pain and discomfort caused by a damaged or decayed tooth
- Protecting your teeth for up to 10-15 years or longer
When Do I Need A Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are commonly used to treat teeth that have large and deep cavities, or that have been broken or damaged due to direct dental trauma from an accident, such as a slip and fall.
In most cases, dental crowns are recommended when other methods of tooth restoration are not appropriate. Fillings, for example, can’t be used to treat large cavities, since they may weaken the tooth and fail prematurely. Or, for a tooth that has a large chip or is broken, a cosmetic treatment like dental bonding may not be suitable.
Less commonly, dental crowns can be used for purely cosmetic purposes if Dr. Forest or Dr. Schulhof believes they’re a better alternative to veneers or dental bonding.
How Does The Process Work?
The process begins with enamel preparation. Dr. Forest or Dr. Schulhof will clean and numb your mouth, and use a dental drill to remove any damaged enamel, and sculpt your tooth into a stable platform that’s ideal for the attachment of a dental crown.
Next, you will have impressions taken of your teeth using dental putty and trays. Then, you’ll get a temporary crown, and you’ll be sent home. Dr. Forest or Dr. Schulhof will send your impressions to a dental lab where your crown will be made. This takes about 2-3 weeks, in most cases.
Once your crown has been sent to our office,, you’ll come back to Mint Dental. Dr. Forest or Dr. Schulhof will remove your temporary crown, clean your tooth, and check your permanent crown to ensure it fits perfectly. Then, it will be permanently bonded to your tooth, completing the procedure.
Will Getting My Crown Hurt?
No. Not only is the process minimally-invasive, but your mouth will be completely numb during the process, and you can even be sedated at Mint Dental during your procedure. This ensures you won’t feel any discomfort.
You may experience a little bit of discomfort in your tooth for the next few days, and it might feel sensitive for a few weeks after your treatment. This is normal, and nothing to be worried about. However, if you still feel a lot of pain and discomfort 1-2 weeks after your appointment, you should contact Mint Dental for a followup consultation.
The Crowns and Bridges Process: What to Expect
- 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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