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St. Paul Dentist Explains uses for Porcelain Dental Crowns

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If you are a patient with severely decayed, injured, damaged, or heavily worn teeth then porcelain crowns may be the perfect dental option for you.  Not only can porcelain crowns stop decay, but they provide a nice-looking cosmetic replacement. 



What are Porcelain Crowns used for?


The nice thing about porcelain crowns is that they are very versatile and may be used to treat a number of problems that you may be having with your teeth.  Dr. Malterud and staff of the St. Paul, MN General Dentist will listen carefully to your needs and work closely with you to determine if in fact porcelain crowns are the best dental solution for you.  Some issues that can be fixed with the placement of porcelain crowns include:


Teeth that have extreme decay

Teeth that have had root canal treatment

Teeth that have been injured by trauma

Teeth that are severely cracked 


A major advantage to using a porcelain crown in any of these instances is that patients may keep the tooth instead of having to undergo extraction.  By keeping the teeth intact patients not only maintain better oral health, but they ensure that teeth remain properly aligned.  This will prevent normal wear and tear along with issues that arise with an improper bite, and other oral health concerns that will adversely affect a patient in the long run. 


How do Porcelain Crowns Work?


Porcelain crowns are placed in essentially the same way as traditional metal crowns that were used for decades.  The process starts with the shaving of the existing tooth which allows the porcelain crown to fit over it.  We will then take an impression of your newly shaped tooth which is used to make the permanent porcelain crown.  Porcelain crowns are made of aesthetically pleasing material which is color-matched to the natural teeth.  


Dr. Malterud and staff at your Minneapolis Dentist Office will fit you with a temporary while your permanent crown is being custom made.  Once the permanent crown is completed, the temporary will be removed and your brand new permanent porcelain crown will be attached with a strong bonding material.  When everything is finished you will be able to enjoy your natural looking porcelain crown for years to come!



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