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Dental Crowns in Minneapolis
Many times a tooth requires a crown to remain healthy. A crown is a protective and supportive envelope that completely covers the tooth. Reasons for crowning a tooth include:
- When a tooth has extensive decay or has big fillings already, and insufficient tooth structure exists to support a new filling.
- To provide structural support for a bridge.
- Sometimes purely for esthetic reasons.
Insufficient tooth structure
When a tooth has a very big filling already, it is often the case that new decay cannot simply be removed and filled. Adding to big fillings in such cases may result in all fillings being without sufficient tooth structure to be held in place. If the tooth itself remains healthy and viable, however, then the tooth can be saved and restored with a crown.
When missing teeth need replacing, and when a bridge is decided upon as the best treatment, then the supporting teeth for the bridge need "prepping": they need to be incorportated into the bridge solution by crowning them. The bridge then connects to the crown, where it is held in place, and where it receives the strength needed for the bridge to be a part of the overall dental system that makes up the mouth.
Sometimes a simple crown on an unattractive tooth can make a world of difference to a smile or the overall look of one's teeth. In such cases, the patient may decide to crown the tooth for the desired cosmetic effect, even when there is no other problem with the tooth.
An unsightly tooth?
Our office is directly in the middle of downtown Minneapolis, convenient for those working and living downtown. If you would like to learn about how crowns and cosmetic dentistry may help the appearance of your teeth, we encourage you to stop in, meet us, and if you like what you see ask for a consult.
Read more about dental crowns from the American Dental Association