Crowns & Bridges in Glendale CA
Restorative dental treatments are one of the important services offered at our Glendale dental office. Teeth that are missing or compromised by damage or decay are unhealthy, unattractive, and get in the way of enjoying your life. Simple actions like speaking and eating can be difficult, and you may feel awkward about interacting openly with others.
At the office of Lucio H. Kim, DDS, our goal is to provide you with the highest quality dental care available. We believe that the best dental care takes all your unique needs into account. We look for the most conservative approach, and you are always in complete control of the direction of your treatment.
Versatile Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a widely used restoration placed over a weakened tooth to strengthen and protect it from further damage. A well-made dental crown acts just like a natural tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew normally.
There are several situations where a dental crown is the most effective treatment:
- Reinforcing a tooth weakened by teeth grinding
- Supporting and protecting a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restoration of dental implants
- Protecting a fractured tooth that cannot be repaired with composite bonding
Since crowns are designed to completely surround a natural tooth, they are also referred to as “caps.” This also makes crowns a good choice for correcting certain cosmetic flaws, like concealing a tooth that is severely discolored and resistant to whitening.
There are several materials that can be used to create dental crowns, including gold, porcelain on metal, and all porcelain, which is the most popular. All are effective, and we’ll recommend the material that best fits your dental needs.
Fixed Bridges for a Whole, Healthy Smile
A missing tooth is unattractive and makes chewing and speaking difficult. Replacing a missing tooth with a bridge restores function, improves your appearance, and is good for your overall oral health.
When a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth will gradually drift into the empty space. This movement can lead to tooth misalignment and can eventually cause problems like teeth grinding and even TMJ.
Dr. Kim has placed many dental bridges to accomplish the following:
- Restore the tooth to full function
- Fill the space left by a missing tooth
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
- Provide a permanent alternative to a removable partial denture
A properly designed dental bridge is securely attached to neighboring teeth and is very stable. In certain cases it may be beneficial to use dental implants to add stability.
Convenient Personalized Care
You and your family have lots of demands on your time, and our convenient hours make it easy for you to schedule appointments that fit your busy life. We respect that your time is valuable, and we never keep you waiting for appointments.
We don’t think you should have to put up with teeth that cause discomfort or compromise your confidence. Please call our Glendale dental office to arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kim to learn about all your options for restoring your beautiful smile.