Before getting dental crowns or any restorative dentistry it’s natural that you might have questions. Our San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh are here to answer all of your questions and address your concerns before undergoing dental treatment. Here are some common dental crown-related questions,
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
This hollow cap is made to fit over the visible part of a damaged or misshapen tooth to restore strength and functionality back into the tooth without causing further damage. The crown becomes the tooth’s new outer layer and it’s designed to look just like the crown of a tooth.
Why is a dental crown needed?
Our San Diego family dentists may recommend getting a dental crown if you have a tooth that is severely decayed, weak, misshapen, severely discolored or needs to undergo root canal therapy. In many instances, weak or damaged teeth can benefit from getting a dental crown.
How is a dental crown placed?
Before the crown is placed, we will need to prepare the tooth by removing enamel and reshaping the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Since tooth preparation is pretty significant this will be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area prior to reshaping the tooth. Impressions will also be taken of the tooth to create your dental crown.
It can take a couple of weeks to get your dental crown, so a temporary crown will be placed in the meantime until the permanent crown can be fitted and then cemented into place.
How long do dental crowns last?
A crown can last anywhere for many years, depending on factors including how well you care for your teeth, your oral hygiene and whether you grind your teeth. Good oral hygiene is paramount to maintaining your restoration for as long as possible.
Whether you need to schedule your next dental cleaning or you want to talk to us about ways to restore and improve your smile, the dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, is happy to listen to your needs and help you choose the proper solution for achieving the smile you want.
Veneers are a quick and efficient way to transform your smile and improve everything from minor cosmetic damage and imperfections, to closing gaps and changing the size and shape of your teeth. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic and general dentistry options for your oral health needs.
Invest in a Brand New Smile with Dental Veneers in San Diego, CA
Frequently asked questions about veneers:
Q: How do veneers work?
A: A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain bonded onto the surface of the tooth, molded to the desired shape and size. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a lab for production, so each veneer is custom designed. A small layer of enamel may have to be removed to fit the veneers, and the process is usually completed in two appointments. Veneers look and feel natural, and are a minimally invasive and quick way to make minor cosmetic improvements or transform your entire smile.
Q: What is the difference between bonding and veneers?
A: Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers both correct minor to moderate cosmetic imperfections, but there are a few key differences. Porcelain is resistant to staining, and is considered a more durable and longer term solution. Bonding (which is made from composite resin materials) can usually be completed in one appointment and doesn't require enamel removal. Bonding is not resistant to staining, and typically needs to be replaced more frequently than porcelain veneers.
Q: What do veneers fix?
A: Veneers are a good option for moderate chips and cracks, to close gaps and spaces, to change tooth size and shape, and for stains and discolorations that don't respond to surface whitening treatments.
Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?
A: Every case is different, and the shelf life of your veneers will depend on how well you take care of your teeth. In general, a porcelain veneer can last from five to ten years or longer.
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
For more information about veneers and other cosmetic and general dentistry services, contact Omni Dental today by calling (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.
Once our permanent teeth grow in, we just assume we will have them for life—however, there are certain injuries and problems that can occur over time that may require our San Diego dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, to remove one or more of your teeth. Here are the most common reasons why a tooth extraction is performed:
While there is a lot our dentists can do to save a damaged tooth, sometimes if the damage is extensive enough, a tooth may be beyond repair. This usually occurs when decay has entered the inside of the tooth and infected the dental pulp. If the infection isn’t caught and treated with root canal therapy, it will continue to spread and create a detrimental effect on your oral health. In this case, the only way to stop the infection from spreading is to extract the tooth.
Severe Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious problem. In fact, according to numbers from the CDC, this condition affects as many as half of all American adults, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss the country.
Visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing, are key to both gum disease prevention and catching the disease before it causes loose teeth and other long-term problems.
Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to fully erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most common offender, as our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this third set of molars. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, this leaves an opening in the gums for bacteria to enter.
This opening in the gums can increase your risk of infection and other issues. More often than not, your dentist will recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed in order to prevent further issues with your smile.
Concerned? Call our San Diego Office Today
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or if your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for care when you need it most. Turn to the expert and compassionate dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, by calling 619-224-5000.
Find out how these clear braces can fix crooked smiles no matter how old you are.
Are you living with a gap in your front teeth? Do you hate that your smile is just a little misaligned? If so, then our San Diego, CA, dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, have a simple and nearly invisible solution that will fix these minor issues quickly and effectively.
What is Invisalign?
When you think of braces, you may think about the type of braces that require stainless steel brackets and wires to be bonded to the front of your teeth, however, Invisalign offers a completely different approach. No metal, no brackets, no wires—just clear, custom-made aligners, that resemble transparent mouth guards. These removable aligners fit against the teeth to help guide them gradually into the right position over time.
How does Invisalign work?
In order for aligners to work as effectively as they do, our San Diego dentist will need to map out a treatment plan to determine which teeth will need to move during the treatment as well as exactly how much they will need to move in order to get the results that you want. From there, we will take measurements of your teeth and send this information to an Invisalign-approved lab.
The lab will then create your very own set of aligners. The number of aligners you’ll need to wear will depend on the severity of the dental issues that you are looking to treat with Invisalign. Minor alignment issues will require fewer aligners than more serious dental issues will.
Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks at a time for about 20-22 hours/day. Aligners should only be removed prior to eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. After all, the more often you wear your aligners, the faster you’ll see results!
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is geared toward adults and older teens that are looking for a subtle and more discreet way to straighten their smiles without resorting to traditional braces. Invisalign is a great option for those patients looking to fix,
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
It is important to note here that Invisalign may not able to handle more complex tooth and jaw movements. Additionally, this clear orthodontic system is not ideal for children and young teens because their teeth are still growing.
Interested? Give us a call!
Are you an adult who is looking to get a straighter smile with the help of Invisalign? If so, call your San Diego dentists today at (619) 224-5000 to schedule a no-risk consultation. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you!
Enhancing your smile can be as simple as covering up minor imperfections with porcelain veneers. Your dentists, Drs. Daniel Stevens, Christina Tsang, and Vahid Tabibzadeh, help patients at Omni Dental's San Diego office transform their smiles with these versatile restorations.
What are porcelain veneers?
No thicker than a contact lens, veneers are designed to hide imperfections in tooth enamel. They only cover the fronts of your teeth and don't require extensive dental work. Each tooth-shaped veneer is made of translucent porcelain, a material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel.
Before you receive your veneers, your San Diego dentist buffs off a small layer of enamel and makes an impression of your teeth. The dental laboratory that creates the veneers uses the impression to ensure that your restorations fit your mouth perfectly. Approximately two weeks later, you'll return to the dental office and receive your new veneers.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Veneers are a good option if you're concerned about:
- Oddly Shaped Teeth: Whether you have a snaggle tooth or just don't like the shape of a tooth, porcelain veneers offer a simple solution. After adding a veneer, your tooth will look just like neighboring teeth.
- Flaws: Do you have a small chip on the bottom of a tooth? Veneers cover chips, shallow cracks, bumps, and pits in your enamel.
- Gaps: Veneers keep gaps out of view, improving your self-esteem. Porcelain veneers work best for slight gaps. If you have larger gaps, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment.
- Discolorations or a Dull Smile: Porcelain veneers revitalize a dull smile or improve the shade of a single discolored tooth. Teeth whitening treatment has limits, but veneers don't. If you're using veneers for whitening, you can choose your ideal shade of white.
- Short Teeth: Teeth can sometimes become a little shorter if you grind or clench them while you sleep. Veneers extend the length of your teeth and improve your appearance. If grinding or clenching is the cause of your short teeth, your dentist will recommend that you wear a nightguard to avoid damaging your restorations.
Interested? Give us a call!
Upgrade your smile with veneers! Call your San Diego dentists, Drs. Daniel Stevens, Christina Tsang, and Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental, at (619) 224-5000 to schedule your appointment today.
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