Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are commonly-used tooth restorations, and their purpose is to restore a damaged or missing tooth’s appearance and chewing function.

How We Use Dental Crowns

A crown protects a weak, damaged, or decayed tooth and helps maintain its size, strength, shape, and appearance. Dental crowns are also called caps because they cover an entire tooth to create a new outer surface.

When we place a final crown, it contacts the opposing tooth the same way a natural tooth does and restores normal chewing function. Because we choose high-quality porcelain and zirconia, your dental crowns will look like natural teeth and give you many years of service.

Reasons We Would Recommend a Crown

Our dentists would recommend a crown to restore normal function when a tooth is so damaged or compromised that it can no longer withstand normal chewing forces.

  • Extensive decay — When decay involves too much of a tooth, it is too weak to support a filling alone. Instead, we remove the decay, fill the tooth, and cover it with a crown to protect it.
  • Existing large filling — A filling that takes up more than half of a tooth doesn’t leave enough structure to withstand normal chewing. Placing a dental crown protects the tooth and extends its lifespan to provide years more chewing function.
  • Cracked tooth — When a crack damages the outer layer of tooth enamel, our dentists in Woodbury would recommend a crown to provide a new protective layer and prevent the crack from spreading.
  • Root canal treatment — A root canal involves removing infected dental pulp that causes the tooth to become brittle and more prone to cracking, so we often recommend a dental crown to protect it.

Steps for Getting a Dental Crown

Our first step is to prepare the tooth by removing some outer enamel so that the crown fits comfortably and looks natural. Next, we take comfortable digital impressions of the prepared tooth and choose a shade of white, so the crown matches the surrounding teeth.

Before you leave, we place a temporary crown to protect the tooth while waiting for the final crown.

A trusted custom dental lab in our area uses our specifications to craft your final crown carefully. You will return for a second appointment, where we adjust the crown for a perfect fit and cement it securely onto the tooth.

A Dental Bridge Replaces Missing Teeth

We recommend a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, provided the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy enough to support a crown. If one tooth is missing, the bridge consists of three pieces: a crown placed on either side of the open space and a natural-looking artificial tooth or pontic that sits in the gap.

The benefits of a bridge to replace missing teeth are that you don't have to wait months for healing as you would with an implant, and bridges are typically a covered benefit under most insurance plans.

Getting a dental bridge is similar to a dental crown and requires two appointments to complete.

Is a Dental Crown or Bridge Right for You?

If you have a damaged, decayed, or missing tooth, a beautiful, natural-looking crown or bridge can restore your smile and ability to chew your favorite foods. Schedule a dental appointment at our Woodbury, MN, dental office so we can get your smile back in good condition.