Crowns & Bridgework


Quality Dental Treatment in Shakopee, MN

Dental Crowns and Bridgework.Dr. James Arhart, DDS, we are proud to help patients throughout the Shakopee, MN community achieve a beautiful smile and maintain it for a lifetime. Our office strives to provide comprehensive dental care, customizing treatment to suit the unique needs and lifestyle of each of our patients. We are proud to offer a variety of general, cosmetic, and restorative procedures at our office, and if you would like to repair a discolored tooth or replace a missing tooth, crowns and bridges can offer an excellent solution.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a restorative dental treatment that can be used to repair a tooth that's discolored, misshapen, or otherwise damaged. A dental crown is a "cap" that fits over the damaged tooth, and we can custom-shape and color match your crown to match your existing teeth or improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials and offer a long-lasting, effective solution for repairing damaged or unsightly teeth.

Materials for Dental Crowns

We can use a variety of different materials to construct a dental crown, and each material comes with its benefits and advantages. We will work with you to help you choose the material that best suits your needs. Materials for crowns include:

  • Porcelain: One of the most aesthetically pleasing options, porcelain can be color-matched to your teeth and will resist staining. Porcelain crowns easily blend into your smile.
  • Cast Gold: This is by far the most durable option for a crown, but it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing treatment.
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM): PFM crowns have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for aesthetics. These crowns can provide a good balance of durability and appearance.
  • Porcelain with Zirconia: These crowns are made from a composite material and offer a good balance of aesthetics and durability.

The Dental Crown Process

Dental Crowns - Step by Step.The process for getting a crown usually takes two to three visits, but it is a relatively routine procedure. At your first visit, we will prepare the tooth for the crown by shaving it down and shaping it to fit the crown. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and keep you comfortable during the procedure. Once we have adequately formed the tooth, we will make an impression of the tooth so we can create the crown to match, then place a temporary crown.

Next, we will send the impression to a laboratory to have your crown created and custom-shaped to match your tooth. This process usually takes a week or two. Once we have your permanent crown, we will bring you back in for another appointment. At this visit, we will remove the temporary crown, place the permanent crown, and fix it permanently with a special dental cement. Once the crown is in place, we will perform any last-minute adjustments to help it match your natural teeth – and once that is done, your brand new smile is complete!

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridgework - Step by Step. If you are missing a tooth or have a tooth that's damaged enough that it needs to be replaced entirely, dental bridges can help. A dental bridge is similar to a crown, but instead of a single tooth, a bridge spans three teeth, with two crowns placed over healthy teeth and the third "bridging" the gap left by the missing tooth. The two healthy teeth used as support for the bridge are known as abutment teeth, while the third crown that goes over the space is called a pontic. Bridges can also be used to replace more than one tooth, in which case you will need more than two abutment teeth.



 Bridges can be constructed in three main ways:

  • Standard Bridge: This consists of one pontic tooth with an abutment tooth on either side.
  • Cantilever Bridge: Instead of placing abutments on either side, this bridge uses two abutment teeth on the same side.
  • Maryland Bridge: Instead of crowns, this bridge uses tooth-colored metal bands to support the pontic.

Dental Implants

In addition to the traditional method of using shaved-down, healthy teeth for support, it's also possible to support both crowns and bridges with dental implants. Implants can be a highly effective method for replacing damaged or missing teeth and can be used in a variety of situations. Unlike traditional crowns and bridges, implants also have the benefit of lasting a lifetime – so even though they can be more expensive initially, implants often make up for the cost in long-term savings. Talk with Dr. Arhart to find out if dental implants may be right for you.

Contact Your Shakopee, MN Dentist

Whether supported by dental implants or abutment teeth, crowns and bridges offer a simple, effective way to repair or replace teeth – and if you'd like to complete your smile with a dental crown or bridge, we would be thrilled to help. We've helped countless patients all over the Shakopee area achieve a beautiful, complete smile, and we would be honored to do the same for you. Contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you.

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