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Dental CrownsIf a tooth is heavily damaged by decay or trauma, is the only solution extraction? At Apple Valley Dental in Helendale, CA, your dentist, Dr. Samuel Kim, offers a tried and true alternative to losing a tooth. It's called the dental crown. Made of lifelike and durable porcelain, a crown can remake your tooth's appearance, protect it and add years to its life. Learn more here.

What is a dental crown?

Dear Doctor compares a dental crown to the crown a king wears. It caps off his head--hence the crown is nicknamed, "cap"--and it protects and beautifies it.

Today's realistic dental crowns are custom-fashioned from long-lasting porcelain. A crown covers a damaged tooth from the gum line on up, normalizes its appearance and allows the wearer to bite, chew and smile with confidence.

With normal wear, crowns last about ten years. They require simple brushing and flossing to keep them plaque-free, along with six-month cleanings and check-ups with your dentist in Helendale, CA.

Placing a crown

This comfortable restorative treatment requires two visits to Apple Valley Dental:

  1. Examination and X-rays to determine if a crown is the proper treatment. If it is, Dr. Kim will numb the tooth, remove the cracked or decayed portions, shape it and cover it with a temporary crown. He also takes oral impressions to send to the dental lab where a skilled technician makes the restoration.
  2. Placement of the new crown. Dr. Kim will remove the temporary cap and cement the new one over the tooth. Any adjustments for bite and fit will be made at this time.

More uses for dental crowns

Besides rebuilding decayed, cracked or heavily restored teeth, crowns also restore dental implants, secure multi-tooth bridges and cover teeth spared from extraction by root canal treatments. Sometimes, your dentist employs crowns to rehape teeth which are oddly shaped. Examples are peg-shaped lateral incisors. Because these teeth are located right in the smile zone at the front of the mouth, porcelain crowns can boost smile aesthetics and strengthen the teeth as well.

Is a crown right for you?

You'll find out at a consultation with Dr. Samuel Kim at Apple Valley Dental. Call today for your appointment in Helendale, CA, at (760) 247-6007.

By Apple Valley Dental
January 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are your teeth discolored? Misshapen? Crooked? Maybe you're dealing with all of these cosmetic dental issues and aren't sure where to start fixing them. If so, it's time to contact Apple Valley Dental in Apple Valley, CA, to discuss our cosmetic procedures with Dr. Samuel Kim! Read below for an overview of just three of the many cosmetic procedures we offer, and contact our office if you are at all interested in improving your smile!

 

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a great way to improve the way your smile looks within a budget and without having to commit to a permanent procedure. While you can purchase whitening products at any grocery store or pharmacy, the products that your Apple Valley dentist use will always be professional grade, ensuring that you get the highest strength and greatest quality treatment available. Furthermore, unlike with over-the-counter kits, the results from an in-office whitening procedure at Apple Valley Dental are immediate and long-lasting, and with the expertise of our dentists, you can rest assured that your safety and comfort are always prioritized.

 

Bonding

As with teeth whitening, bonding is a painless and low-cost way to boost the appearance of your smile. This treatment involves your Apple Valley dentist filling in gaps or chipped areas with a tooth-colored putty that will harden to look and feel just like a natural tooth. It seamlessly fills in these unwanted, distracting spaces to give you a flawless smile!

 

Veneers

If you have multiple cosmetic issues with your teeth, including whitening-resistant stains, physical damage, rotations and gaps, or naturally misshapen teeth, veneers solve all of these problems and more! These narrow sections of porcelain will be carefully crafted to fit on the front of the teeth that show when you smile, masking any and all cosmetic issues. You'll be amazed at just how dramatically veneers change your entire appearance for the better!

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

Whether it's teeth whitening, bonding, or veneers, Dr. Samuel Kim is ready to help you look and feel your best with a cosmetic dentistry treatment! Contact Apple Valley Dental at (760) 247-6007 today to schedule a consultation.

By Apple Valley Dental
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsA smile is one of the first things we notice about other people. Unfortunately, if your teeth are discolored or stained, you may not feel like smiling much these days. Teeth whitening services offered by your Apple Valley, CA, dentist Dr. Samuel Kim can get rid of stains and help you feel much more self-confident.

How teeth whitening works

Your teeth may look dull or yellow due to:

  • Aging: Teeth naturally become duller throughout the years.
  • Stains: Foods and beverages that contain dark pigments, such as berries, popsicles, cola, tea, coffee, and wine, can stain your teeth.
  • Smoking: Tobacco and nicotine cause unattractive yellow stains on your teeth.

Teeth whitening doesn't just cover up stains and discolorations but actually attacks the source of the stains. Every time you smoke or drink a cup of coffee, stain-causing pigments become trapped in tiny openings in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to take on a dull, discolored appearance.

Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel your Apple Valley dentist uses, breaks apart the pigments, eliminating the stains. Although over-the-counter whitening kits also contain hydrogen peroxide, professional whiteners offer stronger formulations for quick whitening. In most cases, your teeth will be much whiter after an hour-long whitening session at the dentist's office. Whitening is very effective for natural tooth enamel but won't change the color of bridges, crowns or other dental work.

Safety is paramount during whitening

Hydrogen peroxide removes stains in your tooth enamel safely and effectively, but it can irritate your sensitive gums and roots if it comes in contact with them. Before your whitening session starts, your dentist will apply a gel to your roots and gums that will protect them from the hydrogen peroxide. He'll also use plastic retractors to gently pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during whitening.

At the conclusion of your session, both the hydrogen peroxide and the protective gel will be removed to reveal a whiter smile. You can keep your smile white and bright for two or three years or longer by brushing and flossing regularly, visiting your dentist for regular checkups, and avoiding smoking and darkly pigmented foods.

Are you ready to improve your smile with teeth whitening? Call Apple Valley, CA, dentist Dr. Samuel Kim at (760) 247-6007 to schedule an appointment.

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There are a lot of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some methods can be quite involved like crowns or bridgework, which require extensive alteration of teeth to accommodate them.

Other methods, though, can achieve stunning results with less tooth reduction or alteration to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are one such alternative that literally puts a new face on your teeth. A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material (usually porcelain) that is bonded to the outside of a tooth to cover blemishes. They’re an excellent choice for dealing with otherwise healthy teeth with mild to moderate chipping, wearing, staining or slight misalignment.

Veneers can be fashioned to match the shape and texture of the prepared tooth, as well as coloring that blends with neighboring teeth. They’re created by skilled dental lab technicians who use porcelain powder mixed with water to create layers of pliable porcelain laminated together to achieve the appropriate thickness and shape. The veneer is then oven-fired to produce a strong, durable product.

Their use in various dental situations does require some tooth preparation, though normally not as much as other restorative measures — usually no more than 0.5 mm of surface enamel. Removing this small amount will ensure the veneer doesn’t look too thick and bulky once bonded to the tooth.

There are some situations, though, where veneers aren’t the best choice: because they’re mainly a cosmetic solution, they can’t remedy problems like poor tooth position and bite or large discrepancies in root position. And teeth that are heavily decayed may require more extensive dental work to repair and preserve them.

In the right situation, though, veneers can make a huge difference to your smile and last for years, as long as you practice effective oral hygiene and don’t subject them to abnormal biting force (no cracking hard shell nuts with them — they can shatter). In skilled hands, veneers can transform your teeth from embarrassing to dazzling.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”

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Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”