Nargiz I. Zadeh, DMD
General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges Tarzana, CA

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We want you to have all the information you need to make confident decisions about the direction of your dental treatment. Dr. Zadeh wants you to be informed and will always take time to explain what is happening with your oral health, why she recommends a particular treatment, and how it will benefit you. 

Patients like you come to us with many questions, and we have compiled some of the more frequently asked below. If you don't see yours here, we welcome you to contact our Tarzana dental office, and a member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need.

Crowns & Bridges Tarzana, CA

A bridge can be done anywhere where there are two or more teeth next to an empty space. Therefore, a bridge cannot be done to replace the last tooth in the mouth. We take extra care to evaluate whether the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough to hold it without eventually breaking. For example, teeth with small roots or root canals can sometimes be too weak to support a bridge for a long time.

Depending on your specific circumstance, either can be a good option. A bridge provides an immediate outcome but can lead to more pronounced bone loss in the area of the missing tooth and cause the appearance to worsen over time.

An implant, on the other hand, will help to maintain the width of the bone better, but takes a longer time to finish and is more difficult to cosmetically match the natural teeth and gums. We will go over the risks and benefits of each treatment option to help you make your decision.

A root canal is only needed if the tooth nerve starts to die. It is not always needed when the tooth has a crown placed on it. In most cases, we do our best to avoid doing a root canal on the tooth unless there is no other option.

A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth, especially if the two teeth next to the empty space have large fillings on them or if you are not a candidate to have an implant.

Gum pain is commonly caused by food getting trapped under the bridge. It is important to thoroughly clean under the bridge with floss threaders, Super Floss, or a WaterPik to prevent your gums from becoming irritated and sore.

Our Tarzana dentist commonly recommends dental crowns to support, protect, and strengthen teeth that are broken, cracked, or have extensive decay. Sometimes referred to as “caps,” crowns are tooth-shaped shells of ceramic that cover and protect an entire tooth.

The general rule is that a dental crown is indicated if the damage affects more than 50 percent of the tooth structure. If you have a root canal on a tooth that absorbs a lot of chewing force, Dr. Zadeh would also recommend a crown to strengthen and protect it.

We also use crowns to support a dental bridge and to restore appearance and function to a dental implant.

The Process for Getting a Dental Crown

The process for getting a crown requires two appointments spaced about 2-3 weeks apart. During the first, Dr. Zadeh prepares the damaged tooth by altering its shape. Removing some tooth enamel allows for the bulk of the crown so that it sits flush against your gum line.

Next, we take impressions to create a mold of your teeth and choose the perfect shade of white to match your smile. We then send your case to a custom dental lab, where trained technicians meticulously fabricate your crown.

When your final crown comes back from the lab, we will ask you to return to our Tarzana dental office so Dr. Zadeh can adjust it for your dental bite, polish it, and cement it securely in place.

Do You Need a Dental Crown in Tarzana?

If you have a broken, cracked, or severely decayed tooth and think you need a dental crown, please call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zadeh.

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