Restoring Smiles With Lifelike Crowns

When a tooth is damaged, develops major decay, or is even lost, a dental crown could be the solution! In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists explain how a lifelike porcelain dental crown can be used to return smiles to full health, function, and beauty once more, and how we even use them to aid in the replacement of one or more missing teeth!

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that caps the tooth, covering everything visible above the gum line. While often made from metal, we use porcelain to create them. Porcelain is translucent like tooth enamel and we shade it to blend with your smile. The material also absorbs bite forces and provides a dependable and durable repair. The crown could be used to lengthen teeth worn-down due to bruxism (teeth grinding), or provide repair for chipped or cracked teeth. The restoration also helps mask permanent teeth stains, or reshape malformed teeth as well.

Dental Bridges

For people with between one and three missing teeth in a row, we could create a prosthetic known as a dental bridge. The prosthetic consists of the pontics, or new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. The restorations will be placed onto abutment teeth, the natural teeth on either side of the gap, to secure the new teeth firmly in place. The prosthetic has the potential to last between 10 and 15 years before requiring replacement, and provides a fixed solution to minor tooth loss.

Creation and Placement

We start with preparation, either removing structure from one tooth in need of repair or on each abutment tooth on either side of the gap in your smile. We then take detailed impressions and measurements of the smile, using the information to create a restoration or bridge that fits comfortably, and offers a lifelike and durable solution for your oral health concerns. To ensure they last for many years to come, continue to take proper care of your smile, which means brushing and flossing daily, consuming fewer sugary foods and drinks, and of course, seeing us every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see if your smile needs treatment, then contact our team today.


Our team knows how to address both the health and beauty of a smile with our lifelike and long-lasting dental restorations. To learn more about how we restore smiles, then schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.