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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Porcelain Bridges, Inlays, & Veneers

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At our office, we believe in giving patients the information they need to make educated decisions about their dental health. If you have questions about your care, our practice, or just teeth in general, please let us know! We always want to make sure you feel comfortable and confident getting your care from us.

We’ve collected some of the questions we hear the most often. Take a moment to check and see if your question is answered below. If your question isn’t here or if you want more information, you are always welcome to give us a call at (651) 698-0848 or to send us an email using our convenient form on our Contact page. 

Porcelain Bridges, Inlays, & Veneers

woman holding hands in front of mouth at dentist office in saint paul mn The appearance of your teeth is key to every first impression you make. Every treatment we offer at our St. Paul dental practice is done with an eye toward esthetics. For instance, if you need a filling in one of your front teeth, tooth-colored composite fillings will be our first choice.

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions in Saint Paul, MN

Sometimes, however, your teeth may be essentially healthy, but you might be unhappy with their appearance. Your best option is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schulte so that we can discuss your concerns and your goals and determine the best way to help you. One option that's effective for concealing one or more problematic teeth is veneers. Veneers are small shells of porcelain that are designed just for you and placed right over the top of your prepared teeth. They can cover a number of problems, including cracks and discolorations, and they can improve the shape of a tooth that appears too short. 

Importance of Healthy Teeth & Gums

Before we plan for any cosmetic treatments, it's important to make sure that your overall dental health is good. If you have any areas of active disease, such as decay or periodontal disease, this needs to be addressed first. While dental porcelain itself does not decay as enamel does, decay can still develop beneath the restoration, and we want to make sure chances of that happening are minimal to protect both your oral health and your investment.

An inlay fits in the grooves and fills in cavities without extending over the cusps of the tooth. They are molded to fit into the chewing space to replace any tooth structure that has been lost through damage or decay. 

Patients who have a tooth that has been weakened from injury or decay benefit from this restorative treatment.

During your appointment with us, Dr. Nick Schulte will remove any decay or damaged tissue before making an impression in order to make the inlay. We make sure to match the shade of the tooth to your existing smile.

Reliable Dental Inlays

Dental inlays are typically more durable than standard fillings.

Inlays in St. Paul, MN are often recommended if :

  • Patients have a broken or cracked tooth that doesn't impact the cusp
  • Decay or trauma requires a large dental filling
  • The tooth has enough structure that a dental crown is not needed

Inlays help restore your smile while preventing future decay. 

Are Inlays the Right Solution for You?

At Brimhall Dentistry, we can help you determine if inlays are a better option over a regular filling. We want to strengthen your tooth and its surrounding neighbors, especially when a cavity requires extra help to fortify the tooth's structure.

Call us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss what you need.

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