Learn about the uses of dental crowns

Even when you take the best care possible of your smile, you may be faced with conditions that can impact its health and function. This includes gaps between the teeth, fractures and breakage, and even staining and discoloration. Fortunately, with the help of a dedicated dental team in the area of Minot, ND, patients can seek solutions that fit their needs and improve their oral health. One restorative procedure often used for patients is that of the dental crown. 

What is a dental crown? 

Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen describe the dental crown as a restorative cap that covers a weak, broken, or severely damaged tooth as a way of avoiding permanent extraction. These caps are custom-made to restore the shape, size, and appearance of a tooth to protect them from further damage or removal. 

Why might I need a dental crown? 

Dental crowns are utilized in a wide range of situations, making them a versatile and popular choice for our dentists. Below are just a few reasons why a patient might have a dental crown placed: 

  • To secure dental bridges and replace missing teeth
  • To cover a dental implant to act as a tooth replacement
  • To cover teeth that have extremely large cavities impacting the structural integrity of a tooth
  • To protect broken or worn down teeth
  • To cover a tooth that has deep or permanent staining and discoloration
  • To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy

What types of crowns are available? 

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we prefer to provide patients with dental crowns and other restorations that match the rest of the smile, so we often utilize porcelain materials to create dental crowns for our patients. However, there are other alternatives that patients can consider, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, full porcelain, or metal crowns. Talking to a dentist is the first step in learning which one is most appropriate for your needs. 

Take the next step in restoring your smile 

Whether you believe you are in need of a dental crown, or you want to know how to take care of one you already have, the team at Broadway Family Dentistry can help. Our Minot, ND area dentists, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen, believe in providing the best dental care possible for new and established patients. Call (701) 839-1299 to request a consultation visit with our team and discuss your needs. We are conveniently located at 1839 South Broadway Street.

Excellent cosmetic dentistry services available at Broadway Family Dentistry

Do you have gaps between your teeth or misalignment that impacts the smile’s appearance? Are you unhappy with the color, shape, or size of the teeth near the front of your smile? Have you experienced injury or trauma that has negatively affected the way your smile looks—while also reducing your self-confidence? If you have imperfections of the smile that make you feel self-conscious about how you look, it may be time to speak to a professional at Broadway Family Dentistry to ask about cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Cosmetic dentistry options

Our team is pleased to offer a range of cosmetic procedures that are used for smile enhancement. Below is just a sample of some of the treatments we provide for new and established patients at Broadway Family Dentistry:

  • Dental bonding. Dental bonding is achieved with a material called composite resin. It is shaped onto a tooth and filed down to change the appearance or fix a chip or crack in the tooth’s enamel. It can last many years with proper care.
  • Porcelain veneers. Covering imperfections can be done with the use of porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to change its appearance. Veneers last longer than dental bonding and are stain-resistant.
  • Dental implants. Missing teeth can be restored with dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that are used as the foundation for a false tooth to restore function and appearance after tooth loss.
  • Gum contouring. Patients with a gummy smile or uneven gumline caused by periodontal disease may benefit from laser gum contouring.
  • Fillings. Areas of tooth decay can be resolved with fillings. Our team provides tooth-colored fillings achieved with composite resin materials that blend in with the smile.
  • Professional whitening. Tired of spending money on over-the-counter whitening products that fail to work? Ask about our laser whitening treatments that ensure same-day results, or consider asking about our professional take-home kits.

Ready to make a change?

Whether you have a simple imperfection in your smile or are seeking a complete smile transformation, the team at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND can assist. Contact Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen for an initial evaluation and consultation appointment at (701) 839-1299, and visit them personally at 1839 S. Broadway Street. We are dedicated to helping patients feel more confident in their smiles with cosmetic dentistry solutions.

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How Are Porcelain Veneers an Alternative to Traditional Orthodontics?

Imperfections near the front of the smile that are having a negative effect on its appearance are often causing patients to feel self-conscious about socializing with others. These issues can alter how a patient talks, laughs, and interacts with their friends and family. This embarrassment doesn’t have to be a lifelong problem. Instead, patients who have imperfections on their anterior teeth, including misalignment, may want to speak to a cosmetic dentist in Minot, ND about their concerns.

How can I address misalignment?

Some patients have considerable misalignment of their teeth, called malocclusion. In most cases, patients with several teeth out of place or misaligned may be considered an appropriate candidate for orthodontic treatment. However, there are some patients who are better suited for alternative cosmetic solutions such as porcelain veneers. When just one or two teeth near the front of the dental arch are misaligned, the placement of one or two porcelain veneers over these teeth can create the illusion of proper alignment—and avoid the placement of orthodontic appliances such as traditional metal bracket and wire braces.

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful alternative to orthodontic treatment. They can quickly alleviate issues where gaps or spaces have developed from misalignment. These restorations can also cover other imperfections that may impact these teeth, such as permanent staining ,chips, or unusual shapes. These versatile restorations are commonly placed at Broadway Family Dentistry and are often recommended for patients making minor changes to their smiles appearance.

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

Porcelain veneers are best used on anterior teeth. These are the teeth that are located near the front of the smile, sometimes referred to as the “social six.” Veneers are not used on teeth near the back of the mouth, such as molars. Instead, these teeth are better suited for restorations such as dental crowns. They are also made of porcelain, but are thicker and stronger, allowing them to withstand chewing forces without breaking.

Considering veneers instead of orthodontic treatment?

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today at (701) 839-1299 to schedule a consultation appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Our dental family is conveniently located in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street and is always accepting new patients into our advanced dental facility.