Porcelain Bridges, Inlays, & Veneers in Saint Paul

Having teeth that are damaged or drab can reduce your quality of life. You may have trouble chewing your favorite foods, speaking clearly, or you might find yourself hiding your smile behind your hand when you laugh. When you can’t smile freely, you might feel as if nobody knows the real you. At Brimhall Dentistry, we want to change all this!

Dr. Nick Schulte, your dentist in St. Paul, MN, is skilled at designing beautiful restorations that repair, restore, and even replace damaged and missing teeth. Often, these restorations can be made right here in our dental office. If we need to send a restoration to a lab, we use one that we trust to do great work, and we usually receive the restoration back in less than a week.

Additionally, most impressions for prosthetics in our St. Paul dental office are taken digitally instead of with sticky impression paste. With just a quick scan, we can have all the information we need to create restorations that are customized and blend in beautifully with the rest of your smile.

If you’re interested in restoring or replacing damaged teeth, contact our dental office today. And continue reading to learn more about our porcelain dental bridges, inlays, and veneers in St. Paul, MN.

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A dental bridge is a time-tested solution to tooth loss, and the first step to getting this prosthetic is a consultation with your dentist.

Your dentist provides an exam, x-rays, and talks to you about what you’re looking for in a new smile. We also take a health history or discuss any medications you may be taking, especially if you’re a new patient. However, dental bridge technology is non-invasive if you go the traditional route—using dental crowns to secure your bridge instead of dental implants.

A dental bridge is a restoration that uses one or more custom-made replacement teeth on a bridge to “bridge the gap” left by missing teeth. The dental bridge can be held in place with crowns that are affixed to your healthy adjacent teeth. We can also use dental implants to hold the bridge, which allows us to replace multiple teeth with one or two dental implants.

If you opt for implants to support your dental bridge, this calls for numbing the treatment site before placing your implant, which is a replacement tooth root that integrates with your jawbone. Following placement, you may notice mild swelling or discomfort. You can typically take care of this with over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen.

When we fabricate your bridge to use with implants or dental crowns, we use digital impressions. This means no goopy pastes. We can also prepare same-day crowns in St. Paul, using CEREC technology. This means no more waiting weeks for this valuable restoration.

Inlays to Repair Damaged Teeth

An inlay is a restoration that fits inside the cusps of the affected tooth. Used to repair trauma or extensive decay, an inlay is the “halfway point” between a filling and a tooth crown.

If you have a cavity that is too extensive for a tooth-colored filling but not quite large enough for a dental crown, the inlay is an excellent alternative.

And like tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns, your inlay is tooth-colored.

Your dentist will evaluate your cavity or tooth damage and decide whether an inlay is the best solution for your smile's health and aesthetics.

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If your teeth have cosmetic flaws like chips, discoloration, or an unusual shape, we can create beautiful veneers that will conceal your flaws and transform your smile. Veneers can also conceal mildly crooked teeth, small gaps between teeth, and even gummy smiles.

Veneers are often the secret behind movie stars and other celebrities' perfect smiles—that perfect symmetrical grin that graces screens and magazine covers. But you don’t have to be rich and famous to have the smile you’ve always wanted. Today, we offer veneers right here in our dental office.

Dr. Schulte will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your goals for your smile and layout your options to help you reach them. This may include porcelain veneers.

Quality veneers in St. Paul, MN, are thin shells that cover the fronts of teeth. You can opt for one veneer or several based on your smile goals.

Some Cosmetic Options May Also Improve Your Oral Health

Some restorative options complete or enhance your smile but also offer oral health benefits.

A dental bridge prevents your remaining teeth from shifting toward smile openings, which can lead to cavities, tooth wear, and even future tooth loss.

Inlays both conceal damage and enhance your smile because they are colored to match teeth.

As a rule, tooth replacement and repair options boost your confidence and contribute to better oral care.

To learn more, we encourage you to reach out to a friendly team member.

Caring for Your Restorations

Restorations are an investment in the future of your smile. In most cases, restorations can be cared for just like your own teeth—you brush and floss them normally and continue to visit our office for regular professional teeth cleanings and check-ups. Taking these steps lowers your risks for cavities, infections, and gum disease that can threaten your teeth and your restorations.

If your restoration needs additional care, Dr. Schulte will discuss this with you so that you have all the information you need to keep your new restoration in great shape.

It is important to note that while dental porcelain is stain-resistant, it is not impervious. Also, it cannot be whitened in the same way as your natural teeth can. This means that before we create restorations, we may want to discuss whether you plan to have a whitening treatment done. This approach allows you to choose whiter restorations.

Aside from these tips, we recommend not using your restoration (or a natural tooth) as a tool to open a bottle or for other unintended purposes. Also, talk to your dentist about a night guard or mouthguard, respectively, if you grind and clench your teeth or play sports.

Will My Insurance Cover Bridges and Inlays?man thinking about dental veneers in saint paul, mn

Insurance coverage varies by policy and company. However, in many cases, dental insurance covers all or some of bridgework, dental crowns, and inlays because they are not strictly cosmetic.

As your dentist plans treatment, we can review your policy. We can also share with you what benefits are covered and to what extent. Our team can also help you maximize your benefits to get the most out of your insurance plan.

In addition to accepting most insurance plans, we also offer financing through CareCredit. This option allows you to get your bridge or other restoration and pay for it over time. Some CareCredit programs offer interest-free financing. A member of our dental staff can help you apply online. Decisions typically take only minutes.

Call Our St. Paul, MN Dental Office to Learn More

If you are unhappy with the appearance or function of your teeth, please call our office today to schedule your consultation with St. Paul dentist Dr. Nick Schulte. You have options, and we’d love to show them to you.

We are conveniently located near Highland Park!