There are several types of crowns available. Most often our dentists recommend Full Porcelain crowns. Crowns are often used to protect teeth affected by decay, fracture, chipping, dehydration and more. Full Porcelain crowns have obvious cosmetic advantages and are some of the most resilient crowns available. Some patients choose to have Gold crowns, which is a hygienic, durable metal choice. Medical Arts Dental partners with local labs here in Central Minnesota to fabricate the highest quality crowns. Our Dentists can help you decide which type of crown is right for you.
Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are a better option if retention is an issue or the tooth requires more protection. To preserve an existing healthy tooth structure, veneers may be chosen instead of crowns. Patients who are looking to improve their smile will often choose to have veneers placed on their front 2, 4 or 6 teeth. Sometimes patients choose to have them placed on the lower front teeth as well as the uppers.Veneers cover the front side and rap around the edge of the tooth. They normally do not cover as much of the tongue side of the tooth as a crown would. With both Veneers and Crowns, our dentists are able to make many modifications. They can make teeth bigger, smaller, wider, narrower, longer, shorter, and always brighter! With meticulous attention to detail, Medical Arts Dental has done thousands of crowns for residents of Central Minnesota. We are proud to be responsible for many smiles in Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Little Falls, St. Joe, Cold Spring, Saint Cloud, Waite Park, Albany, Avon, Clearwater, Annandale, Rockville, Pleasant Lake, St. Augusta, Collegeville and more.
Dental Implants involve a three to five step process depending on the situation. First, the damaged tooth is removed. Our dentist will often add bone graft material at the time of the extraction which creates a better foundation for the implant. A three-month healing period is allowed after the extraction and bone graft. The implant is then placed and 3-6 months is allowed for healing. Lastly, the implant is restored with porcelain. Longevity is the number one reason to choose an implant. Before Dental Implants, bridges and partial dentures were the most common options for replacing a single tooth. Bridges often need to be redone once or twice in a patient’s lifetime. Also, two crowns are added on the neighboring teeth when a bridge is done. Sometimes the neighboring teeth are healthy, meaning the dentist would need to remove a perfectly healthy tooth structure to support the bridge. The implant process takes a little longer, but they are stable replacements and are worth the wait.
Medical Arts Dental’s Whitening for Life program creates custom trays comparable to an athletic mouth guard – only smaller. These trays hold our prescription strength whitening gel. We have many gels with different strengths depending on the patient’s goals and teeth sensitivity. Once enrolled in our program, patients receive two tubes of whitening gel good for 8 to 10 applications. The best part about the program is that is last - as it suggests - for life. As long as you visit Medical Arts Dental every 6 months for your checkups, cleanings, and recommended X-Rays, we will give you a free tube of whitening for the rest of your life. Enrollment in the program is $150 plus tax, though the tubes normally cost $20 plus tax, so the program pays for itself quickly!
apphire Whitening achieves a better result with less sensitivity and is completed in the comfort of our office. The teeth are treated with a prescription strength whitening agent and a UV light for an immediate result. Sapphire Whitening also includes enrollment in our Whitening for Life program. Both whitening options require becoming a patient at Medical Arts Dental. Our doctors will do an exam before whitening to make sure your teeth are good candidates. Dental insurance often covers the cost of the exam. We have patients coming for whitening from Sartell, Saint Cloud, Waite Park, Sauk Rapids, Gillman, Mayhew Lake, Milaca, Brainerd, St. Joe, Freeport and more. Whether patients want their teeth whitened by the end of the week or want to get a program in place to keep teeth white, we have it covered.
When Dental Implants are not an option, bridges are a great choice. We replace many older bridges with better fitting and more aesthetically pleasing ones. Bridges are placed in two relatively quick appointments and can replace 1, 2, 3 or even 4 teeth! Bridges are created by crowning teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth and adding replacement teeth. At the first appointment, our doctor will prepare the teeth on each side of the missing tooth and take impressions of the teeth and the bite to duplicate how the teeth come together naturally. We then create a temporary bridge which will cover the teeth until the permanent one is ready. From the impression, we create a model replica of the teeth to fabricate the bridge and ensure that the bridge fits securely over the supporting teeth. Patients come in for a second appointment to remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one. Once it is determined that the permanent is seating correctly, our doctors evaluate the bite and sometimes make small adjustments. Our Doctors have many materials to choose from when making a bridge. Careful selection of shade and materials give our patients a fabulous result and a quick way to fill in a missing tooth.