When to Choose a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a durable restoration that fits over the tooth’s natural crown. They are often used to strengthen and support the remaining tooth structure while preventing additional damage. Our dentist in West Hollywood can help you decide if a crown is right for you.

1. When your tooth is badly damaged
Severe damage can leave a tooth vulnerable to cracking or crumbling. By restoring it with a crown, the tooth can continue to function for many more years.

2. When you have a large filling
Large cavities can be restored with fillings, but a crown may also be needed to prevent the tooth from cracking or becoming even more damaged.

3. When your tooth has had a root canal
A root canal removes diseased tissue from the interior of the tooth, and a crown is used to permanently restore the tooth.

4. When you are having a lost tooth replaced with a dental implant or dental bridge
Crowns are used to cover the root form of the implant or to support the dental bridge that is replacing the lost tooth.

5. When you have a severely misshapen or discolored tooth
Although some types of cosmetic issues can be corrected with more conservative measures, crowns are often needed to correct more serious issues.

Each patient’s needs are unique. We will first evaluate your needs and goals before recommending a course of action. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental crowns in Los Angeles.

What are Crowns Made of?

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For a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay, a dental crown is used to restore the tooth and provide it with enough strength to survive. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants. Crowns are usually made out of metal, porcelain-fused-to metal, or porcelain.

Metal crowns are usually made out of gold alloys or base-metal alloys. This type of crown holds up extremely well to biting and chewing forces. Metal crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down less than other crowns. The major flaw of this type of crown is its high level of visibility.

Our West Hollywood dentist may suggest using a porcelain crown if you are especially concerned with the aesthetic element of your tooth restoration. This type of crown can be made to very closely match the color of your surrounding teeth. Porcelain is not as strong as all-metal crowns and may not last as long. Porcelain crowns also tend to wear opposing teeth down a bit more than metal crowns.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are a nice middle ground between all-metal and all-porcelain crowns. They offer a good amount of strength, while still allowing the crown to be color-matched to your surrounding teeth.

If you are interested in learning which crown is right for your dental needs, contact our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood to set up a consultation.

Invisalign Consultations

If you are planning on using Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment, the first thing you will want to do is to find an Invisalign provider. Providers are conveniently listed by zip code on the Invisalign website. Once you have found an Invisalign provider, the next step is to set up a consultation with them. It is recommended that you set up a consultation with at least a few different Invisalign providers, as you will want to make sure they are a good fit.

The consultation is primarily an information gathering session for you and the provider. You will get to ask the provider any questions you may have about the Invisalign treatment process. You may want to ask about the total cost of the treatment or about the length of treatment time. The provider will use the consultation to determine whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you. While Invisalign is able to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, it may not be suitable for particularly severe cases of malocclusion. In those cases, our Torrance orthodontist may recommend metal braces.

If you are interested in setting up an Invisalign consultation to see if it is right for your orthodontic needs, contact our expert in Invisalign in Torrance.

Braces for Adults

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It is becoming increasingly more common nowadays for adults to get braces in order to straighten their teeth. For some adults, the reason is a professional one. Many adults feel more comfortable in business meetings and speaking in public when they have teeth that are straight. Others get braces in order to try and change careers. There are even adults that should have had braces as teens but were unable to afford them, so they are getting them now. There is no wrong reason, and there is never a wrong time to get braces.

Adults respond just as well to orthodontic treatment with braces as teenagers do. Many dentists are even seeing an increase in the number of senior citizens that they treat. Our dentist in Northridge even offers ceramic braces that many adults find more cosmetically pleasing than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored and are just as effective at correcting orthodontic issues as metal braces. And in addition to improving the aesthetics of your smile, getting your teeth straightened also promotes better oral hygiene.

If you are an adult who is interested in straightening your teeth, contact our expert in adult braces in Northridge to schedule a consultation.

How Much Does Getting Dental Implants Cost?

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Most dentists would agree that dental implants are your best option for replacing missing teeth. A variety of factors will determine the total cost of getting dental implants.

The location of where you are having the procedure done will definitely have an impact on the cost. It is important to remember that major cities and coastal areas tend to cost more than minor cities and rural areas. Costs can even vary within a city, depending on the neighborhood. The level of experience of the surgeon will also affect the price. Surgeons that have a lot more experience placing dental implants will usually cost more than those who are just starting out. Other factors that may impact the price are hospital fees and anesthesia fees. If you are looking to have dental implants placed and do not have enough strength or density in your jawbone to support the implants, a bone graft procedure will be required before you are able to receive the implants. This extra procedure will definitely increase the overall price. It is also important to determine if your insurance will cover the procedure. If they will not, most dentists offer flexible financing options.

If you are interested in learning more about the cost of getting dental implant placement surgery done, contact our Los Angeles tooth implants dentist to schedule a consultation.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

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TMJ disorder is named after the joint that moves your lower jaw, the temporomandibular joint. Problems with this joint is called TMD. If you lightly place your fingers in front of your ears, near the bottom, and move your jaw, you will feel the joint in action. Disorders associated with the TMJ happen more in women than men, and are most common for people between the ages of 20 and 40.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

• Difficulty or pain opening your mouth wide
• The jaw getting stuck or locked in either open or closed positions
• Clicking, popping, or grating sounds from the jaw
• Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck or shoulders
• Trouble chewing or an uncomfortable bite
• A tired feeling in your face

Severe instances may even involve swelling of the side of your face. Other symptoms may accompany TMD also, like toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems and ringing of the ears, and upper shoulder pain, among other things.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned that you might have a similar problem, you should get checked immediately to avoid more severe problems in the future. You should contact our TMJ dentist who has experience handling such situations.

Can I Afford Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants?

0251.jpgIf you are looking to replace your tooth, the main two options are dental bridges and dental implants. Dental bridges are usually the cheaper option, but dental implants tend to be the best option for replacing teeth. Deciding which one is best may depend on your short term or long term goals.

Dental bridges require that the two teeth surrounding the missing tooth are filed down so that they can act as abutments to support the bridge. With dental implants, while surgery is required, no damage to the other teeth needs to be done. Also, dental bridges tend to last for 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. Dental implants can usually last a lifetime. Another perk of tooth implants is that since they are placed directly into the jawbone, they keep it stimulated and prevent further bone loss. This is not the case with dental bridges.

As far as being able to afford either of these devices is concerned, it is important to look at a few different elements to determine cost. The geographic location of the procedure and the level of experience of the doctor will play a role in determining the cost. Depending on the circumstances, your insurance may or may not pay for your tooth to be replaced. If it does not pay for it or only partially covers the procedure, many dentists offer financing plans for their services.

If you are looking to have your tooth replaced, contact our expert in affordable dental implants in Beverly Hills to schedule a consultation.