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St. Paul General Dentist Discusses the Uses and Benefits of

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The amount of information on cosmetic and restorative procedures and treatments present in the marketplace is extremely overwhelming and confusing. Internet articles and news briefs sometimes produce conflicting information about which dental treatments best fit the needs of patients. Dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures are all available for those seeking restorative work. Dr. Malterud and team with the St. Paul Dental Implants Office would like to share some information about crowns along with their uses and benefits.


What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns, also known as “caps” are one of the most versatile types of restorations that modern dental technology has produced. When cemented into place, crowns fully cover the portion of a tooth that sits above the gum line. Fillings on the other hand are dental restorations that fill or cover just a portion of a tooth. Dental crowns become a tooth’s new outer surface as they cup over the entire portion of the visible tooth.


Crowns are made of various types of material - porcelain is the most popular. Patients enjoy the fact that crowns are extremely durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns blend well with the smile as they are crafted to match the shape, size, and color of the natural teeth while providing a long-lasting and gorgeous smile.


When are dental crowns used?

Crowns are used for cosmetic enhancement, and also to restore a broken/fractured tooth to its original shape. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This action taken by the Dentist will restore the tooth to its full function while preventing it from breaking.


What happens when a crown is placed?

In most cases, the entire process takes place in just two appointments. During the first appointment with theSt. Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office, the dental team will take several molds (impressions) of the teeth which are used to create a temporary crown along with the permanent custom crown.


Dr. Malterud and team will carefully remove any decay and shape the tooth’s surface to properly match the crown. The temporary crown is then placed as the Dentist ensures a proper bite.


The temporary crown will be removed during the second appointment. The tooth will be cleaned, and a brand new crown will be fitted as the team ensures that the spacing and bite are accurate. Patients will receive detailed instructions for care and cleaning which will prolong the life of the crown, and ensure that the newly restored smile will last for many years!

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