Posts for: April, 2018

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

A fall on some slippery stairs damaged a front tooth. You have a large chip, and the enamel is becoming discolored. After a root canal dental crownsprocedure, your tooth is healthy again but stands out in your otherwise attractive smile. A dental crown can improve the appearance of that front tooth, and with some help from your dentist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jerry Johnson, that crowned tooth can live on for many years.

What is a dental crown?

It's the most frequently placed dental restoration next to fillings, reports the Cleveland Clinic. The single-tooth crown is a tooth-shaped jacket which fits over and protects remaining healthy tooth structure. Most dentists, including Dr. Johnson in Pasadena, choose naturally-colored porcelain for most crown applications, including dental implant restoration, finishing root canal therapy and securing fixed bridgework.

The crown process

It takes two visits with Dr. Johnson and his staff. During the initial consultation, Dr. Johnson examines the damaged tooth and X-rays it. Then, he can remove the unhealthy portions and shape it to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan give the dental lab information necessary for fabrication of the restoration. While you wait for your new crown, you'll wear a temporary version to keep your smile bright and functional.

At the next visit, Dr. Johnson will remove that temporary crown and bond the permanent one in place. He ensures crowns sit properly on the prepared tooth and bite together with the opposing arch of teeth. With that, your crown is complete.

As with your other teeth, you'll want to avoid plaque and tartar accumulation around your crown. So brush twice a day, and floss the restored tooth, too. Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth (ask Dr. Johnson about one), and keep your routine cleaning appointments.

Finally, enjoy your crown and your renewed smile. Most porcelain crowns stay in place for at least ten years of service. If you encounter any problems, just call Dr. Johnson's office.

Bring back your smile

Dental crowns do just that for millions of people every year in the US. Find out more by booking a consultation with Dr. Johnson and his friendly team in Pasadena, CA: (626) 798-7896.


By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
April 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you self-conscious about the gaps in your smile? Why not restore your smile with dental implants? Pasadena, CA, dentist Dr. Jerrydental implants Johnson explains how implants can improve your smile.

Implants replace your roots

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are attached to dental crowns to create new teeth. Just like your natural roots, your replacement roots become firmly attached to your jawbone. Titanium, the metal used in dental implants, bonds to your jawbone, ensuring that your new root won't slip or slide no matter what you eat. Dental implants can replace one tooth or multiple teeth, thanks to dental bridges and implant-supported dentures.

Creating a new tooth involves a three-step process

Because it takes a few months for your implant to bond to your jawbone, the implant process usually requires a few dental visits. The first step in the process involves an oral surgical procedure to create an opening in your jawbone for the implant.

After your mouth heals and the implant bonds to your jawbone, a small screw will be added to the top of the implant. The screw, called an abutment, will eventually attach the dental crown to the implant. During this step, an impression of your mouth will be taken and will be used to create your new crown. When the crown is ready in just a few weeks, it will be connected to the implant, completing the process.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

When you visit our Pasadena office, we'll consider several factors when deciding if dental implants are a good choice for you, including:

  • Your Gums: If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, you're probably anxious to fill the gaps in your smile. Before the implant process begins, your gums must be healthy and free of gum disease.
  • Your Oral Hygiene Routine: Keeping your implant healthy requires regular brushing and flossing.
  • Your Jawbone Depth: Your jawbone must be deep enough to support your implant. If the bone is a little shallow, bone grafts may be needed to increase your jawbone depth.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Pasadena, CA, dentist Dr. Jerry Johnson at (626) 798-7896 to schedule your appointment.




 

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