Dental Crowns – Rochester, MN

Customized Restorations Designed to Protect Your Smile

Older couple smiling with dental crowns in Rochester

If you’ve suffered extensive tooth decay or damage, a dental crown provides an excellent solution. Zirconia and porcelain crowns are sturdy, long-lasting, and look just like your natural teeth. Have questions about dental crowns? If you’re wondering what a crown is or how long it lasts, we’ve got answers. Learn more about our dental crowns in Rochester from Dr. Brong below or give us a call today.

Why Choose Zumbro Family Dental for Dental Crowns?

  • Advanced Dental Technology Used In-House
  • Convenient Appointments Available
  • Trusted Dental Team with Years of Experience

What is a Dental Crown?

A single dental crown

The dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering. Also called a cap, it fits directly over an affected tooth, or it takes the place of a missing tooth. Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia, gold, or other metal alloys. Zumbro Family Dental prefers dental crowns made of porcelain or zirconia for their aesthetics and strength.

A dental crown may be used to correct many dental issues, including…

  • Restoring significant tooth decay
  • Holding together parts of a broken tooth
  • Strengthening a weak or worn tooth
  • As the final step in a root canal
  • Tooth replacement

A porcelain or zirconia crown also makes cosmetic improvements to a tooth that is weak, worn, or otherwise flawed. It’s a perfect solution for damaged front teeth, which are restored without marring the appearance of the smile.

The Dental Crown Process

Before and after images of a tooth with and without a crown

Receiving a dental crown typically requires two appointments. The first involves taking digital X-rays of your smile so that we can visualize the tooth and surrounding bone. After determining that a crown is the appropriate course of action, we will begin to treat the tooth, removing any decayed or damaged tissues before filing it down so that there is ample space for the crown once it is put into place.

When finished, we will take an impression of your tooth so that it can be sent to lab technicians who will begin to build your restoration. This typically takes about two weeks to complete, so in the meantime, you will need to wear a temporary crown. This will protect your tooth between appointments so that it does not become further damaged or reinfected.

Once the permanent crown is ready for placement, we will have you come back to our office. We will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the finalized version, which will be bonded over the natural tooth.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Crown

A dental mold and customized dental crown

Although learning that you need a crown may not be something you set out to receive, there are many great advantages to this type of procedure, such as:

  • Greater strength and protection for an otherwise vulnerable and unstable tooth.
  • The ability to keep your natural tooth in place instead of resorting to tooth extraction and eventual replacement.
  • A restoration that can last a decade or longer with proper care.
  • A more beautiful appearance thanks to the materials used that blend in with your smile.