A crown represents dentistry’s perfect union of art and science, capping a tooth with a replacement that looks as good as it functions. Dennis Simmons, DDS, and his associates offer high-quality, all-porcelain crowns for their patients at Brite Smiles Dental Care in Apple Valley, Minnesota. To learn more about how a crown can restore your tooth and improve your smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Crowns Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is sometimes known as a dental cap. It is a type of restoration that completely covers the top part of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns are used to restore the tooth's shape, size, strength, and appearance. They are custom-made to fit over an individual tooth, ensuring a natural look and feel.

Why do I need to replace missing teeth?

A gap left by a missing tooth can cause your remaining natural teeth to shift into the empty space. This movement of your teeth can disrupt your bite, causing excessive wear on your remaining teeth and increasing the risk of TMJ disorder, a painful condition affecting the jaw.

What does a crown do?

Brite Smiles Dental Care uses crowns for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Reinforce a weakened or cracked tooth
  • Restore a tooth that’s suffered significant decay or damage that threatens the health of the tooth
  • Replace a tooth that’s misshapen, discolored, or unsightly

Crowns are also typically placed after you’ve had a root canal, to restore the strength and structure of your treated tooth.

What are crowns made from?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • All-porcelain or ceramic
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal

All-porcelain is excellent for teeth that are more visible since it can be matched to the shade that blends in with your other teeth.

Your Apple Valley dentist will work with you to determine which material is best suited to your particular needs, preferences, and budget.

What is the process of getting a crown?

Brite Smiles Dental Care can fit your crown in just a few easy office visits.

During your first visit, Dr. Simmons or Dr. Zuidema removes some of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the crown.

Once your tooth is prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your smile. Your impression will be sent off to a lab that designs and fabricates your crown to fit perfectly and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth.

You wear a temporary crown for the week or so that it takes for your permanent crown to come back from the lab, at which point you come back to the office for a second visit.

Your dentist replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one, ensures a comfortable fit and bite, and secures it in place using dental cement.

How do I care for my crown?

Your crown can last for years with good at-home care. Your dentist will instruct you on the care of your crown.

Call our dental clinic in Apple Valley or schedule a visit online and get started on your crown today.


Best Dental Care In Apply Valley, MN

If you're searching for the best dentist in Apple Valley, MN, look no further than Brite Smiles Dental Care. Our commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction sets us apart from other dental clinics in the area. With our team of highly skilled dentists, advanced technology, and personalized care, we strive to provide the highest quality dental services to our patients.


Other Services

At Brite Smiles Dental Care, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Our general dentistry services, including regular dental check-ups, teeth cleanings, and cavity fillings, are designed to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. We also offer cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental implants, to enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence.

As Apple Valley, MN dentists, we prioritize your comfort and strive to create a welcoming and relaxing environment for all our patients. We utilize the latest dental techniques and technologies to ensure that your treatments are efficient, precise, and comfortable. Our team is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry through continued education, allowing us to provide you with the best possible care.


Our Promise

In addition to our excellent dental services, we value communication and patient education. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your dental health. Our goal is to form a lasting partnership with our patients, where we work together to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

If you're looking for a dental clinic in Apple Valley, MN, that offers comprehensive dental care in a comfortable and caring environment, choose Brite Smiles Dental Care. Schedule a visit today by calling our office at 952-900-6086 or booking online. Experience the difference of personalized and high-quality dental care from our dedicated team. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve a healthy, vibrant smile.

What our customers are saying

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