At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we offer dental restorations so that patients throughout West Covina can stay in excellent oral health. Drs. Suarez and Tam is an expert at completing restorations in a way that restores the functionality of a tooth while also looking completely natural. This is important for ensuring that once the dental work is complete, no one can tell your tooth was ever damaged.
We offer a variety of restorative services for the highest quality dental care for our patients. We encourage you to learn more about what we provide and how we can help. If your tooth is cracked, chipped or damaged in any way, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule your appointment.
Why Dental Restorations Are Necessary
Patients throughout California frequently need to repair teeth due to accidents. An accident can happen at any time. Whether it is a car wreck, sports injury, playing with the kids, or falling at work – teeth are often the victim of daily accidents and when they are, it is important to fix the tooth right away. Otherwise, the area can become infected along with being uncomfortable.
Restorations are also needed after a tooth becomes infected. When a patient gets a cavity, or a root canal is necessary, Drs. Suarez and Tam can restore it so that the tooth can continue to function without needing to be removed. This is far better for your overall oral health since keeping your natural teeth is the best option in the long run.
Types of Restorations
If you live in the 91790 area schedule an appointment with our dental office to learn more about the type of restorations that are available to correct your tooth. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits-all-solution, but offer customized treatment plans based on the needs of each patient individually. This means that the restoration that works for your spouse is not necessarily the one that we will recommend for you.
Here are some of the common dental restorations that we offer:
- Dental crowns. When a tooth is missing a large portion of its enamel, a dental crown is the best type of restoration because it is a cap that completely surrounds the tooth. This way you can bite down with full force and not worry about being uncomfortable or damaging the tooth further. This is most frequently used after a root canal or when the tooth is severely cracked or chipped. Fortunately, they now come in all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal in addition to the traditional all-metal material. This means that patients getting crowns for restorations can have natural looking teeth after the fact.
- Dental veneers. If a tooth is only slightly damaged with a small chip or crack, a veneer can be used to restore it. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on top of a natural tooth and frequently used for restorations of the front teeth. The process of placing a veneer is similar to that of a dental crown only with less tooth preparation. If you live in West Covina, CA schedule an appointment so that we can discuss both options with you.
- Tooth-colored fillings. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we use tooth-colored fillings as a way to restore teeth that have had cavities. Once the decayed area of the tooth has been removed a filling is necessary to replace the missing enamel. Traditionally, this was done using silver amalgam but now we can complete dental restorations using materials that look natural so that when you smile, no one can tell that you had cavities.
- Bondings. Those that need minor restorations can often benefit from a simple bonding procedure. This is popular in the 91790 area when restoring baby teeth. Children, for example, don’t need a dental veneer on a tooth that is going to fall out in short order. With this in mind, we can keep a baby tooth in place and ensure that it is functioning properly by restoring it using a bonding procedure. Drs. Suarez and Tam will use a tooth-colored material so that it looks completely natural.
At times, patients in West Covina need dental restorations to replace teeth. Whether a tooth has been knocked out or has fallen out due to an infection, there are several ways that it can be replaced. In order to determine what procedure is right for you, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule an appointment and consultation.
In many cases, dentures are worn temporarily while a patient decides how they want to permanently replace their tooth. These temporary dentures are held in place by a wire that is similar to wearing a retainer. They are not meant to be worn long-term but will help you to look normal while deciding which cosmetic dentistry procedure to use.
Dental bridges are popular for dental restorations. Patients throughout California use a bridge to replace a tooth without undergoing surgery. In this procedure, a dental crown is placed on the two teeth that surround the missing one. The crowns are used as anchors to hold a gum-colored bridge in place that the new tooth is secured to. The entire bridge is created in a local dental lab and will look completely natural by blending in with the surrounding teeth.
Many patients in West Covina CA prefer to use dental implants instead. An implant is by far the most durable option for replacing a missing tooth. In this procedure Drs. Suarez and Tam implants a metal post under the gums and secures it to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together to create a synthetic root system that the new tooth is secured to. With this type of dental restoration, patients can maintain an active lifestyle without worrying about the impact on their new tooth.
Drs. Suarez and Tam is a true expert at completing dental restorations and can do so in a way that is comfortable and natural looking. It is extremely important to work with an expert since it ensures that your restoration will blend in with your natural teeth. Patients throughout the 91790 area appreciate that once their tooth is restored, they can smile without worrying about how it looks. Additionally, working with an expert makes it possible to feel comfortable after a restoration. The restoration must be designed perfectly so that it fits with your existing bite and the surrounding teeth.
If you live in West Covina, California call (626) 414-5995 and schedule your appointment to experience why patients trust Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S. with all of their restoration needs.
Crowns & Bridges
At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients throughout the 91790 area. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged or has fallen out. Drs. Suarez and Tam is an expert at completing these procedures in a way that looks natural while resolving oral health issues. This way a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth without looking like dental work was ever completed. If you live in West Covina, CA call (626) 414-5995 to schedule your appointment so that you can learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. Drs. Suarez and Tam will typically use a crown to restore a tooth that has been damaged, but they can also be used for cosmetic purposes in order to improve the appearance of a smile. A crown can be made in three different materials, all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic. Where the crown is located will determine the best material to use. For example, front teeth should have an all-ceramic crown, if possible, since it looks the most natural. Patients throughout California will often use ceramic-on-metal crowns since they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns. It looks natural and is made out of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Drs. Suarez and Tam makes sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing. This is a popular option for patients throughout the 91790 area.
Before the Procedure
If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth first. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily. It is important to have this procedure done first because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the procedure done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients throughout California take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
When getting dental crowns and dental bridges installed, it is advisable that you work with an experienced cosmetic dentist that knows how to complete the procedure in a way that looks natural. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we can do so while also keeping our patients completely comfortable by using sedation dentistry. The process for both procedures is fairly similar. Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.
When placing a dental crown around a tooth, Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S. starts by preparing the tooth. A portion of the enamel needs to be removed so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once this is done, the tooth is cleaned a temporary crown is secured to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental Restoratives are done being created by the lab, patients come back to our West Covina dentist office, so that the temporaries can be removed and the permanent ones bonded to the tooth. When getting a crown, this cap is secured around the tooth and once bonded in place the procedure is complete. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. On top of the crown is a piece that looks like natural gums that holds the new tooth in place. These two crowns serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients throughout the 91790 area depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.
After the Procedure
When getting dental Restoratives, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive after they have been prepared. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created. We use sedation dentistry to ensure that you won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure and after the fact you simply need to take some oral pain medication for a couple of days until you feel better.
The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth.
To find out if the procedure is right for you, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Suarez and Tam and discuss your options. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we make it easier for patients throughout West Covina to have a beautiful and functional smile.