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Restorations for Optimal Oral Health

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Are you experiencing dental pain? Has your smile undergone damage due to a recent accident? Do your teeth ache when exposed to hot or cold temperatures while eating and drinking? If so, you may need relief with restorative dentistry.

Healthy teeth that are structurally sound are essential for chewing to gain proper nutritional benefits and digestion. A full, functioning smile also helps you express yourself effortlessly and speak confidently.

Whether you need to repair minor chips and cracks with enamel-colored fillings or need full tooth replacement with crowns or dental implant-supported bridges, Dr. Anna Lee and her team are here to help restore your smile. Don’t let damage hinder your dental health and appeal any longer! Contact our Glendora team today to schedule your appointment!

CALL US: (626) 335-5114 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


What Restoration Services Do You Offer?

The purpose of restorative dentistry is to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth, restoring ideal health, function, and beauty once more.

When you visit us for dental care, our primary goal is to save teeth whenever possible and give you a smile that looks and feels completely natural. We also work to preserve remaining teeth, ensuring they stay in place and are spaced evenly to promote a healthy bite. Our office provides the following restorative treatments:

Which Dental Restoration Option is Best for My Smile?

We first approach your oral health needs by understanding all the factors, including hygiene, genetics, nutrition, and lifestyles habits.

In addition to an examination and cleaning, our team recommends a full range of x-rays so that we can gain a comprehensive view of your smile, not just the issues at hand.

After we’ve conducted a full check of your current oral health and a detailed discussion regarding your needs and goals, we then work with you to craft a treatment plan so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for a lifetime.

How Can Dental Restorations Help My Smile?

If you have broken, cracked, or missing teeth, it can be challenging to enjoy your life to the fullest. With quality dental restorations, treatments can rejuvenate your smile like new by:

  • Repairing dental damage from injury, decay, or disease
  • Restoring comfort, proper speaking and chewing
  • Rebuilding missing teeth from root to crown
  • Correcting wear, space, or bite issues
  • Renewing dental aesthetics

Do I Need a Crown or a Filling?

Once Dr. Lee evaluates deciding factors like the current condition of your tooth, the likeliness for further damage, and how much of the tooth structure remains, she will then recommend the right treatment for your case.

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Fillings are often ideal for repairing minor chips, cracks, or cavities that formed due to bacteria feeding on leftover food particles and producing acidic plaque, which decays your tooth’s enamel. These restorations use a white composite material applied to the treated area, and our dentist shapes the filling to mimic the natural structure and shade of your tooth.

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Crowns are prosthetics made to look, feel, and function identically to teeth using durable porcelain materials. They are used to encase the entire structure of a severely damaged or previously-treated tooth where little natural structure remains. Crowns are often recommended to restore teeth with extensive cracks and fractures.

Would I Need a Crown for Any Other Reason?

One reason why crowns are so popular among patients and dental professionals is their versatility. These prosthetics can be used as a stand-alone treatment or can be incorporated with other procedures when restoring smiles to their full potential.

Crowns are often needed in the following seven situations:

  1. To protect a weakened or worn tooth due to decay, grinding, or clenching.
  2. To cover large fillings.
  3. To cap a tooth after root canal therapy.
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place.
  5. To replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant
  6. To correct minor bite problems
  7. To provide aesthetic enhancements to misshapen or severely discolored teeth.

Are Dental Bridges Different from Crowns?

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While crowns serve as sturdy anchors for your dental bridge, these two restorations are different.

Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. They bridge this gap by utilizing neighboring teeth covered by crowns to remain in place. They can also be affixed to dental implants.

By filling the spaces left by missing teeth, bridges can restore your ability to chew properly, speak confidently, and encourage a proper bite.

How Long Do Bridges Last?

Your bridges may last anywhere from five to fifteen years, or even longer, depending on your willingness to care for your prosthetic properly. It is not uncommon for a bridge to last over ten years with excellent oral hygiene and continued dental visits.


Protecting Your Smile and Restorations with Custom Mouthguards

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One accidental blow to your teeth from a ball, stick, or elbow can knock out a tooth, harm your new restorations, and damage your mouth.

Mouthguards help absorb the force of a blow and help prevent dental injuries to your teeth, jaw, lips, and face. They can also prevent damage to your restorations.

At the dental office of Anna Lee, we offer personalized mouthguards created to fit your unique smile for optimal fit and protection. We first take digital impressions of your dental anatomy using technology, sending the results to a trusted lab for accurate construction.

Do I Need to Clean My Mouthguard?

It is important to clean your mouthguard every day to decrease bacteria buildup that can cause infections like gum disease and decay. Running water over your mouth guard is not enough to make it truly clean. Our team suggests cleaning your mouthguard by brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste twice daily to remove any leftover food build up, then rinsing it with hotter water. Soaking your mouthguard in antimicrobial solutions can reduce the number of bacteria as well.


Help Preserve the Longevity of Your Smile Today!

Dr. Anna Lee and her team are dedicated to addressing your concerns and achieving ideal health, function, and beauty for your smile. If you suspect you or a loved one may need restorative dental care, contact our office in Glendora today!

CALL US: (626) 335-5114 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


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