Dental Crowns in Eagan

Dental Crowns in Eagan

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are essentially tooth caps that are put over a patient’s teeth in order to cover irreversible damage, restore the shape of deformed tooth, reinforce tooth strength, or to generally improve on the appearance of the teeth. Dr. Jon Skare of Wood Park Dental in Eagan, MN recommends the use of dental crowns for patients who have cracked or broken teeth, decayed teeth that can no longer support of filling, or discolored teeth that are no longer responding to tooth whitening. Dental crowns encase the damaged tooth by being cemented over it to keep them in place about the gum line.

Why should I consider using dental crowns?

Dental crowns are useful in managing different conditions of the teeth including the following:

  • They are used to support a tooth that requires a larger filling when there is not enough of the existing tooth structure left
  • Dental crowns protect decayed or fractured teeth from breaking by holding the teeth together
  • Dental crowns can instantly cover-up the forms or severely discolored teeth
  • Dental crowns are used to restore severely worn down teeth
  • Dental crowns are often used to go over a dental implant and take the place of missing teeth
  • Dental crowns can provide ample support and hold dental bridges in place

What types of dental crowns are being used?

  • Metal crowns make use of gold, nickel, chromium, or other alloys for the restoration. These types of dental crowns require less of the existing tooth structure to be removed during installation and are able to withstand the chewing and biting forces inside the mouth remarkably well.
  • Stainless steel dental crowns are used to temporarily protect a tooth while waiting for the permanent dental crowns to be fabricated. They are also used ideally for crowning children’s primary teeth to protect them from tooth decay
  • Ceramic or porcelain crowns match the natural color of the patient’s teeth and are suitable for use with patients who are allergic to metals.
  • Porcelain fused to metal crowns are composed of a metal core and an outer porcelain layer that resembles the look of the patients natural teeth.

How is a dental crown installed?

Previously, a dental crown involved a two-step process that began with the dentist paring down a portion of the enamel of the indicated tooth, in approximately the same thickness as the dental crown. An impression of the tooth was taken and became the basis for fabricating permanent dental crown. Within a three-week waiting period, the patient may be asked to use a temporary crown until such time that the final dental crown is received and cemented permanently over the tooth.

Today, at Wood Park Dental, we employ the latest in crown fabrication utilizing CEREC technology which enables us to fabricate beautiful and durable crowns, inlays and onlays in just one visit without messy impressions.

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