Crowns & Bridges in Inglewood, CA
At PhD Dental, we have plenty of solutions for keeping your teeth strong and healthy and restoring them if something goes wrong. Dental crowns and bridges expertly placed at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices are just two examples of treatments we use to protect your oral health.
Our experienced team of dentists and specialists take pride in the beautiful dental restorations they customize for our patients, and they would love to help you too.
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The sooner we address problems like damaged or missing teeth with crowns and bridges, the sooner we can provide the treatment you need to restore the health and beauty of your smile
If you have damaged or missing teeth, please call our dentists in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera to arrange a consultation.
We look forward to working with you and personalizing a solution that best fits your needs.Call PhD Dental to get started!
- How Dental Damage Occurs
- Dental Crowns Restore Damaged Teeth
- Why We Need to Fix Broken or Decayed Teeth
- Getting a Dental Crown in Two Appointments
- Tips for Caring for Your New Crown
How Dental Damage Occurs
Your teeth are very strong; in fact, they are harder even than your bones. If you pay attention to oral hygiene and keep routine appointments for preventive exams and dental cleanings, they could last a lifetime.
But in reality, things can and do go wrong. You may not be as conscientious as you should about brushing and flossing or having routine exams and cleanings, or you might have a teeth-grinding habit (bruxism) that breaks down your teeth. You may even lose a tooth because of an accident or severe decay or infection.
Dental Crowns Restore Damaged Teeth
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ceramic jacket that covers the entire tooth right up to the gum line. When it's in place, the crown acts as a buffer between the weakened tooth and strong chewing forces that could cause further damage. A crown also restores the tooth's appearance and allows you to chew on it comfortably again.
We use only the finest materials for dental crowns at PhD Dental and will help you choose the one that best fits your needs. Some situations where our dentists might recommend a dental crown are:
- Protect a damaged tooth from further breakage
- Strengthen a tooth with little remaining structure
- Restore appearance and function for a dental implant
- Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a severely discolored tooth
Placing a dental crown usually takes two visits to complete. During the first appointment, we prepare the tooth, take impressions, and give you a temporary crown to wear while our custom dental lab customizes your new crown. In about two weeks, when your new crown comes back from the lab, you will return to our office to have the temporary removed and the final cemented securely in place.
Why We Need to Fix Broken or Decayed Teeth
Our Lynwood, CA dentists can’t stress enough how important it is for you to seek treatment for a broken, damaged, or decayed tooth. For example, if you have a toothache and call us right away, a simple dental filling may be all that’s needed to fix it.
If decay spreads, however, and becomes extensive, a filling will no longer be enough to support the tooth, and our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dentists would recommend a dental crown.
If you don't seek treatment to restore broken and worn teeth, they can also affect your dental bite and lead to teeth grinding and TMJ problems. If you have a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth, call PhD Dental to schedule an appointment, and we'll help you decide if you need a dental crown or other treatment.
Get a Dental Crown in Two Appointments
At PhD Dental, we use only the finest materials for customized restorations like dental crowns and bridges. The process for getting a dental crown takes place over two appointments at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices.
During the first, our dentists prepare the tooth by reshaping it to accommodate the crown. Next, we take impressions of your teeth and use them to make a model that will be used by a custom dental lab to fabricate your new crown. We’ll also create a temporary for you to wear that will protect your tooth until we get your crown back from the dental lab.
Creating your custom dental crown takes about two weeks, and we receive it back from the lab, we’ll schedule a second appointment for you. At this time, our dentists will remove your temporary, check your crown to make sure you can bite down comfortably, and then cement it in place.
Tips for Caring for Your New Crown
The lifespan of a crown or any other dental restoration depends on you and your oral health habits. Your crown can’t get a cavity, but the underlying tooth can, and you can also develop gum disease around the tooth.
If you want to extend the life of your dental crown, brush and floss conscientiously to keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria that cause cavities. Choose foods like fruits, vegetables, and dairy that support excellent oral health, and Avoid hard or crunchy foods like nuts or popcorn that can crack or chip your crown and don’t chew on ice.
Back up your at-home efforts with routine exams and cleanings at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices so we can check on the condition of your crown. Call us today if it's time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s a good idea to replace it as soon as possible to prevent neighboring teeth from moving into the open space. A dental bridge is an excellent option that replaces the missing tooth, improves your appearance, and helps you eat and speak comfortably again.
Also called a fixed dental bridge, the three-piece unit consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) that sits in the open space left by a missing tooth. Our dentists anchor the pontic in place by securing it to a dental crown on either side that we then attach to adjacent teeth for support. The process for getting a bridge is similar to that of a crown and requires two visits to complete.
Is a Bridge the Right Tooth Replacement for You?
Modern dentistry gives us lots of excellent choices if you want to replace a missing tooth in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera. In addition to dental bridges, you might also consider a partial denture or dental implant.
And while dentists commonly suggest implants because they’re such a healthy choice, there are still many instances where our Inglewood dentists would recommend a dental bridge instead.
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement, but they are an investment in time and money. If you’re not ready to commit to the process of getting a dental implant, or you’re in a hurry for a new tooth, a bridge is a perfect alternative.
Getting a bridge usually requires only two visits to our Pico Rivera dental office over two weeks, but a dental implant is a process that can take six to eight months to complete.
If you’re not sure that a dental bridge is an appropriate solution for you, please call PhD Dental, and one of our dentists will be happy to meet with you to help you decide.