At CCIND | Dr. Sid Solomon DDS | Cosmetic Dentist | TMJ Expert | Los Angeles, our dentist, Dr. Sid Solomon is proud to offer the highest quality crowns to our patients. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that encases the entire surface of the tooth to restore it to its original shape, size, and appearance. In addition, a crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with other types of restorations such as fillings.
Crowns are commonly used to:
- Restore or hold together broken or fractured teeth or fillings
- Cosmetically enhance teeth by covering misshapen or discolored teeth
- Protect decayed teeth
- Support teeth with large fillings and minimal tooth structure
- Cover teeth with root canals
- Hold a dental bridge in place
There are various types of crowns, but the most popular type is a tooth-colored crown made out of porcelain. Porcelain crowns are custom made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth to give you a natural, healthy smile. In addition, the porcelain is very long-lasting and durable.
What does getting a crown involve?
On a case by case basis, crowns can either take one or two appointments. CCIND | Dr. Sid Solomon DDS | Cosmetic Dentist | TMJ Expert | Los Angeles is proud to offer a new, state of the art CEREC machine, which will allow our patients to have crowns placed in only one office visit. However, depending on the case, some patients may be better fit for the traditional two visit crown placement.
Cerec One-Visit Crowns
Our office is able to create precise, color-matched and highly durable crowns right in our practice using the newest CEREC technology. By eliminating the need to send impressions to a dental laboratory, crowns can be placed in only one appointment. CEREC uses a state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression. The state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design software then customizes the shape of the restoration to exactly fit your specific clinical needs. Your exact design specifications are sent to the on-site milling machine to create your crown. About 10 minutes later, your all ceramic, color-matched restoration will be ready for placement. Your new crown is then fitted, polished and permanently bonded.
Our office also offers traditional two appointment crown placements. During the first appointment, several highly accurate molds or impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory that will create your custom-made crown. The mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will be placed with temporary cement during this first appointment. In addition, your tooth will be examined and prepared for the crown. After your teeth are numb, the dentist will shape your teeth and remove any decay to prepare placement of the crown. A temporary crown will be used for about two weeks until the second appointment when your custom-made crown has arrived from the dental laboratory.
At the second appointment, the permanent crown will be placed. The temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be cleaned. The new crown will be checked for accurate sizing, spacing, color, and bite. Finally, the permanent crown will be carefully placed on the tooth. Before leaving the office, you will receive care instructions and encouraged to make regular dental visits to check the crown.
Please contact our dental office in Los Angeles, California, today by calling 310-475-5598 to make an appointment or ask us a question!
Dr. Sid Solomon has over 27 years of experience expertly and successfully placing dental bridges on our patients. A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that “bridges” the gap created by missing teeth. It is an excellent way of replacing one or more missing teeth by using natural teeth or implants for support.
There are various types of bridges. Our expert dental team will determine the best type of bridge for each patient’s individual case. The “traditional bridge” is the most commonly used bridge and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that can either fit over natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap (abutment teeth). An artificial tooth (pontic) is attached between these two anchoring teeth to fill the gap created by the missing teeth. Fixed bridges not only restore your original, beautiful smile, but are also very important for your oral health and alignment of teeth.
What are fixed bridges used for?
- Fill in missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting into the gap, which may result in a change in your bite and TMJ problems
- Restore proper chewing and speaking
- Restore your natural smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
The placement of a fixed bridge usually involves one to two dental visits. During the first visit the two anchoring (abutment) teeth are prepared for crown placement. Some enamel is removed from each tooth to allow space for the crowns. Then, highly accurate impressions are taken to be sent to the dental laboratory, which will fabricate the fixed-bridge. The impression will also be used to create a temporary bridge that will be worn for several weeks until the next appointment.
During the second visit, the temporary bridge will be replaced with the permanent bridge. The permanent bridge will first be carefully checked and adjusted to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Depending on the patient, the dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge so the teeth and surrounding tissue can have time to acclimate to the new bridge. After a few weeks, the bridge will be permanently cemented. In addition, you will receive important instructions regarding proper care, brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits regarding your new bridge.
Call CCIND | Dr. Sid Solomon DDS | Cosmetic Dentist | TMJ Expert | Los Angeles today at 310-475-5598 to make an appointment at our dental office in Los Angeles, California or ask any questions!