Oral Health Care
If you have damaged or missing teeth, oral prosthetics such as crowns and bridges offer a convenient and drastic way to restore or enhance your smile's attractiveness. At the two office locations of Sargon Dental, the dental specialists use crowns and bridges to address prevalent oral health concerns, such as tooth decay and tooth loss. To book an appointment with the West Hollywood or Encino crowns & bridges specialist, call the office or use the online booking tool.

What Are Crowns & Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics used to replace damaged or missing teeth. Crowns are tooth-shaped coverings, which prevent a cracked, decaying, or chipped tooth from being further damaged. Once placed, the crown conceals the entire portion of the tooth noticeable above the gum line, thus restoring its appearance, size, and shape.

On the other hand, bridges are prosthetics used to fill the gap between your smile resulting from a missing tooth. There are multiple forms of dental bridges, but the conventional bridge is the most popular. The conventional bridge contains two crowns and an artificial tooth (pontic). Dr. Lazarof attaches these crowns to the teeth on both sides of the gap in your smile, thus holding the pontic in position.

What Problems Can Crowns & Bridges Address?

Crowns & Bridges are both dental prosthetics but have varying functions. At the practice, Dr. Lazarof uses the crowns to restore fractured teeth, replace large fillings, attach dental implants, and protect the weak teeth. Furthermore, these crowns also help in improving the appearance of discolored or stained teeth.

At Sargon Dental, dental bridges are used to replace one or several missing teeth. The gaps left by missing teeth puts one at greater risk of developing more adverse dental health issues, such as bone decay and gum recession.

What to Expect with Crowns & Bridges Procedure?

Receiving crowns & bridges requires only two appointments, scheduled several weeks apart. Before receiving a crown, your provider takes X-rays, conducts a comprehensive oral exam, and cross-checks your medical history. After which, he administers an anesthetic to make sure you rest comfortably, then shaves a thin layer of your entire tooth's enamel. Dr. Lazarof proceeds to take images of your tooth, which are sent to an in-house dental lab.

During your next appointment, Dr. Lazarof attaches your permanent crown to the top of your tooth. The procedure of receiving a bridge is similar, only that here your tooth will be prepared on both sides of the gap to receive the crown. Like the dental crowns’ procedure, your entire enamel is shaved thinly, and impressions are sent to the lab. In your next appointment, your bridge is fitted into position.

How to Care for Crowns & Bridges?

Crowns & bridges should be cared for similarly to your natural teeth. Floss and brush daily, plus schedule at least two visits yearly for an expert cleaning and oral exam. It would be best if you also deterred from bad habits like chewing popcorn kernels, ice cubes, and nail-biting to ensure your prosthetics stay in proper condition.

To access comprehensive crown and bridge procedures, partner with Dr. Lazarof of Sargon Dental. To make an appointment, call their office, or use the convenient online scheduling tool.