Crowns and Bridgework

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Dental Crowns and Bridgework.Maplewood Dental Associates is proud to offer the latest in state-of-the-art technology when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Included in our wide selection of procedures that we offer in our Maplewood dental office are crowns and bridgework. We strive to bring you the best when you’re looking for crowns in Maplewood, MN.

What Is A Crown?

Dental Crowns - Step by Step.A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that is fitted over a damaged, decaying, or unattractive tooth. A crown will completely cover a tooth above the gum line. If the visible part of the tooth is missing a significant portion of structure, then a crown would be the restoration of choice. Crowns offer a number of benefits, including the following:

  • Crowns improve upon a tooth’s original appearance.

  • They strengthen damaged teeth and allow them to function normally again.

  • Crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth when crafted from high-tech porcelains.


We also provide a variety of materials to create the crowns besides porcelain. These other materials are:

 

Gold – This offers a greater durability, though maybe not the most aesthetic.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) – This offers a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior to give a more natural appearance.

All-porcelain with zirconia – This represents the strongest ceramic.

 

The Process of Crowning

 

Here at Maplewood Dental Associates, we offer two options for crowns. In one scenario, we’d shape and prepare a temporary crown for your tooth and send impressions to a third party lab where they’d create the crown. This procedure could take two to three visits.


Our other, more convenient option is same-day crowns. We are proud to offer CEREC, an advanced technology that allows us to create your crowns in-house with precision. About 90% of our patients choose to pursue this option because it requires a single visit to your Maplewood dentist. During this visit, we will prepare your tooth for crown installation, take a digital impression for your tooth, create the crown, and finally, place the crown. This entire process typically takes one and a half to two hours, making for a fast and efficient visit.

 

Creating a Bridge

Dental Bridgework - Step by Step.In addition to capping a damaged tooth, crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth. This is done by creating a bridge that spans the space of the missing tooth. This will require at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. These healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. These abutment teeth then become the support for a third crown, referred to as a pontic, that will be placed in the spot of the missing tooth.

If more than one tooth is missing, there will need to be multiple crowns to bridge the gap of the missing teeth. The number of abutment teeth needed can be influenced by:

  • Where the missing teeth are

  • The number of missing teeth

  • The size and length of the abutment tooth roots

  • The amount of bone support each abutment tooth has


Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

Crowns and bridgework require the same care as your natural teeth. You’ll want to brush and floss all of your teeth, whether they’re natural or restored, so you can reduce the buildup of plaque. If you have crowns, it’s even more important to come in for regular dental cleanings. Also, if you have a grinding habit, we recommend wearing a night guard to protect your teeth when you go to sleep.

Contact Your Maplewood Dental Office Today!

 If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (651) 770-3831. We look forward to seeing you!