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Dental Crowns in Rochester, MN

Gentling Dental also provides dental bridges for Rochester patients

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a dental restoration that covers and supports a tooth or implant to restore it to its normal shape and size. It can also strengthen and improve the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are often referred to as “caps”.

When is a crown necessary?
Dental crowns restore the function and integrity to missing, damaged, and/or unsupported tooth structure. A crown may become necessary for a variety of reasons:

*In some cases large fillings may be adequate restorations. However, the larger the filling material in the tooth and the less remaining natural supported tooth structure, the more likely the tooth is to fracture or need additional treatment in the future.

How many dental appointments will be needed for a dental crown?
Creating or fabricating a dental crown in Rochester MN usually requires two dental visits.

*Usually a dental lab needs 2-3 weeks to fabricate a dental crown for optimal results.

What materials are used for crowns?
Crowns can be made out of a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to a metal substructure, and metal free ceramics. These materials may have advantages and potential drawbacks in different scenarios. Your dentist in Rochester MN will discuss these options and find the best restorative material for your specific wants and needs.

Will a crown look natural?
Yes. The goal of a dental crown is to mimic the shape and size of an ideal tooth for your mouth. Additionally, besides gold crowns, ceramic and porcelain fused to metal crowns will also be shade matched for your mouth to provide an esthetically pleasing result that blends with your natural teeth. In dentistry today, crowns can be fabricated that look so natural and beautiful that the general public will not be able to tell if you have crowns in your mouth… even with front teeth!

How should I care for my teeth after I receive a crown?
Crowns cover what you can visually see in your mouth. However, the crown material meets and seals with natural tooth structure near or below the level of the gum tissues. The natural tooth structure is as susceptible to cavities as before the crown. Therefore, treat your crown as a natural tooth. Brush 2x/day, floss 1x/day, and continue regular dental cleanings to prevent cavities or periodontal disease around these crowned teeth.

Contact Gentling Dental Care today for questions on dental crowns in Rochester, MN or to make an appointment.

Dental Bridges in Rochester, MN

Gentling Dental provides restorative dentistry including dental bridges in Rochester, MN

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is one way you can fill in the space where a tooth is missing. A bridge can prevent chewing problems and prevent your teeth from shifting out of place.

A typical bridge requires the dentist to prepare the "abutment" teeth, or the teeth on each side of the space, for crowns. These crowns are attached together with a filler tooth in the middle. Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth.

Pros: Fixed bridges are faster and they don't require surgery

Cons: Bridge require removing health tooth structure on the teeth that hold it in. The teeth that hold in the bridge can become decayed or get periodontal disease, resulting in the loss of the entire bridge. Oral hygiene can also be challenging around a bridge - special floss threaders need to be used

Alternatives to bridges include replacing the tooth with an implant, removable partial denture or leaving it "as is."

Dentures, bridges or Implants?

Fixed dental bridges or removable dentures are not the only solution to missing teeth.

Dental implants are a predictable tooth replacement option. Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also be used to anchor in dentures or partials, eliminating unsightly metal clasps.

The doctors at Gentling Dental have extensive advanced training in restoring dental implants. They also uses dental implants when creating custom implant-supported dentures and partials.

To discuss all your options, come in for a complimentary restorative consultation and let one of our dentists examine your mouth and determine if a bridge, denture or dental implant is the right option for you.

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Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural ones. In fact, they’re often indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. You can eat and drink whatever you choose.

Implants are artificial roots and teeth usually surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. Usually made from titanium, implants provide a "non-removable" alternative to partial or complete dentures. Implants are very strong and durable and will last for many years. On occasion, they need to be tightened or replaced due to normal wear. In this case the crown and possibly abutment may be lost, but the implant remains solid in the bone.

Why implants?

Permanent solution. Implants contain no loose parts. They are stable, and no adjustment is required. Normally the implant serves its owner for life.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The conventional process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits over several months.

First, impressions (molds) and sometimes photos are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing. The implant placement occurs at a specialist's office who has extensive training in placing the implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.

After you have healed and the implant is fully integrated into the bone (it cannot be unscrewed) we make an impression of the implant(s). These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where an abutment and crown are made. The abutment is screwed into the implant post and anchors the implant crown to the implant. Typically you do not need to be numb for these visits.

How will I care for my dental implants?

Good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant. As with natural teeth, the new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly.

Contact Gentling Dental to take care of your dental bridges in Rochester MN, or to set up an appointment.

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