Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Crowns & Bridges

How can we help you?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Cracked teeth commonly form in the back molars, where the majority of pressure is applied for biting and chewing. There are different levels of severity for cracked teeth, from mild to critical. 

As we age, our teeth can start to develop little surface cracks, which are normal and are not typically a cause for concern. These superficial cracks form on the enamel surface from normal wear and tear. 

When cracks extend past the surface of the tooth, they may require professional treatment to protect the tooth. Dr. Lucio H. Kim in Glendale, CA, may recommend a root canal to remove any infection and then place a dental crown over the tooth to prevent further weakening. During your regular visits to the dental practice of Lucio H. Kim, DDS, we will monitor your restoration to look for dental abnormalities. 

How We Fix a Cracked Tooth

If the tooth can be saved, we will cover it with a dental crown to protect and stabilize it. When the crack has gone beyond the enamel, we may perform a root canal procedure followed by a dental crown. If the crack has gone deep within the tooth, we may need to perform a dental extraction. We do everything we can to save your teeth and repair the damage as much as possible first.

A broken tooth can invite bacteria, food particles, and infection to your tooth without a solid cover. If you have cracked or broken our tooth, your first call should be to our local Glendale emergency dentist. 

Do I Have a Cracked Tooth?

Patients with cracked or broken teeth often report sensitivity or pain to hot or cold foods. Biting and chewing can become painful. If your tooth starts to feel painful constantly, especially around the gum line, we recommend coming in to see us as soon as you can. 

dental implant | Glendale CA DentistGenerally speaking, anyone with a missing tooth is a candidate for a dental implant! Of course, there are several other important factors that we must take into consideration before we can determine if a dental implant is right for you.

Things to Consider

A major consideration is the presence of sufficient bone in the area where we are planning to place the dental implant. An implant works by integrating with and becoming part of surrounding tissue, so there must be enough bone to support the implanted root.

When a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounds the missing root gradually begins to deteriorate because there is nothing to support it. If this is the case for you, Dr. Kim may recommend bone grafting surgery to build up the area and stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone in your jaw.

Dental Implants in Glendale 

The only way we can know for sure if dental implants are right for you is by scheduling a thorough exam and evaluation with Dr. Kim. While dental implants are preferred by many patients and doctors, we do have other options that may be more appropriate for you.

Please give our office a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation to get you started. 

dental xray | Dentist Glendale Ca YES. When needed though.

Not every single time you come in or just because the insurance pays for it. But generally as a first-time patient, we need a reference of where your oral condition is. There is so much that we as dentists cannot see under the gums, under the bone, underneath old fillings or crowns or restorations. It's irresponsible to do any kind of exam without relevant X-rays. Dosage is an issue...we don't want to zap you unnecessarily or too heavily.

Our X-Ray Technology

Our machines are new and calibrated so that the dosage is kept to the minimal amount needed to get good resolution on the images. But we never do them unless we need to. You can't have a physical at the doctor's office without a blood test, right? They can't just look at you and give you an accurate assessment or diagnosis. Neither can dentists. The x-rays serve to let us know what's "under the hood" and gives me the information to give you the best treatment options and the best treatment with minimal surprises.

Professional Dental Exams in Glendale

If you have any concerns or questions regarding X-rays, please call Dr Kim at the office.  

 

dentist looking at tablet | Dentist Glendale CA Only if they have cavities or fractures in them, or if you really, really, really want to get rid of them for aesthetic or health reasons. They don't cause any kind of health problems at all --none. Anyone telling you otherwise is really not telling you the whole story (lying!!).

If you do need or want to get them repaired or replaced because of cavities or fractures, you do have the choice of redoing them in silver amalgam or using the "white" composite resin fillings. The ONLY advantage the white fillings have is that they look better. But if you want the old fillings replaced because they have the dreaded mercury in them, then you need to know that you are trading the mercury for bisphenols / BPA....cancer causing chemicals.  And that's scientific FACT.  Not "my opinion", not what "I think" or what "I feel"...it's cold, hard scientific, good old general chemistry FACT.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with either filling...the mercury AS WELL AS the BPA is a non-issue.  Choose what is best for your situation or what you want for your mouth. I am here only to provide objective information and give you the best possible treatment outcome for both kinds of filling materials. If you want something to last longer with fewer issues and a longer track record of success, then get the silver fillings.

Filling Options in Glendale

If you don't want to see them and want something more esthetic, get the white fillings. Simple.  If you are on the fence or are curious about anything regarding your fillings or your treatment options, call Dr. Kim for a consult and he'll be happy to make sure you leave with more information than questions!

 

dental crowns | Glendale CA dentistUsually, crowns are needed on teeth that are severely compromised by large fillings, fractures, cavities or root canals.  Especially if the teeth are in the back where the bite pressure is the highest, large fillings may not work longterm and may expose the tooth to fracture that would lead to the loss of the tooth.

Call Your Glendale Dentist!

So instead of losing the tooth because of it breaking, we can restore it with a crown that acts as a helmet for the tooth to protect it from splitting apart when you chew.

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