Downey Dentists Answer FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry

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A beautiful smile can help improve your self-confidence. Over time, our teeth can become dulled due to unsightly stains. At Downey Family Dentistry, we can address common dental imperfections with cosmetic dentistry. In today’s blog, your Downey dentists answer a few frequently asked questions about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

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Downey Dentist Breaks Down the Cost of Crowns

cost of crownsThe cost of crowns can vary, based on a number of factors. Everything that goes into manufacturing dental crowns, from materials to where the crowns were actually made, affects the final price. While most dental insurance policies cover a portion of the cost for dental crowns, anticipating the final out-of-pocket expense is important to you, the patient.

Cost of Crowns Based on Materials

  • PMFs. The PMF (or porcelain-fused-to-metal) crown has a middle-of-the-road cost, with metal and porcelain crowns ranging from the low to high end, respectively. PMFs cost roughly $500 to $1,500 per tooth, and as aforementioned, the price can vary, depending upon the lab location, quality of porcelain and metal, experience of the ceramist, dentist’s office location, dentist’s experience, and overhead of the dentist’s office. Without insurance, patients should expect to pay anywhere from $850 to $1,500. However, with coverage, the out-of-pocket cost decreases to the $280 to $1,000 range.
  • Metal. Metal crowns tend to cost a little less; yet their cost is greatly dependent upon the type of metal used. For example, a silver crown could cost a little more than $1,000 without insurance. On the other hand, a gold alloy crown may cost close to $1,200 with insurance.
  • Porcelain. Today, porcelain crowns come in many varieties, so providing a ballpark figure is difficult. Your dentist can review your case, determine what type of crown you need, and review your insurance coverage, then provide you with a fairly accurate estimate of your out-of-pocket expense. Patients should note that all-porcelain crowns cost the most. On average, patients should expect to pay about $1,000 for a porcelain-made crown, without or without insurance.

Downey Family Dentistry Offers Patients Restorative Dental Pieces

If you’re unsure about the cost of crowns, talk with a dentist at Downey Family Dentistry decision. To schedule an appointment, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our dental practice website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Downey, CA Dentist: Available White Crowns for Kids

kids smilingKids who endure childhood tooth decay, typically need a crown. This is because their baby teeth won’t withstand a standard filling, yet their teeth can’t remain unprotected after the decay is removed. Oftentimes, kids who have crowns sport the stainless steel variety, which leaves behind little silver spots on their smiles; however, finding white crowns for children is possible.

Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, your Downey, CA dentist, shares which types of white crowns kids can wear with ease.

If Your Kiddos Need a Crown, Choose One of These

  • Stainless steel crowns with white facings. These crowns function like the porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns that adults can choose. The white facing crowns have been manufactured with a veneered plastic face on the front of the crown. This way, the crown blends with other teeth naturally. However, just like with PFM crowns, the veneered portion might break off and reveal the underlying stainless steel, which would require replacement.
  • Resin crowns. Your Downey, CA dentist can create resin white crowns right in the office. Yet, these prove difficult to place on squirmy children; thus, if you choose a resin crown for your child, the dentist may choose some type of sedation therapy to ensure your kids stay calm. Additionally, resin crowns have a weaker structure than stainless steel crowns do. For this reason, take care to use the resin crowns for front teeth, where less biting force is necessary.
  • All-ceramic crowns. The most popular type of white crown is the zirconia variety, which is both biocompatible and natural-looking. Furthermore, zirconia-based crowns have stain-resistant qualities and a shiny appearance. The best news is that this crown type works well for both adults and children alike.

Downey Family Dentistry Offers Pediatric Restorative Dentistry

If your children need a crown, talk to Dr. Hakimzadeh about kid-friendly white crowns. With his help, you can choose the most effective dental crown for your little one. To schedule an appointment with our Downey, CA dental practice, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Downey, CA Dentist Presents: Types of White Fillings

Hardening lightBefore composite resin fillings were introduced, getting a cavity filled meant having silver spots throughout your smile. However, once white fillings became popular, patients could keep their uniform smile and still receive the necessary treatment. Nowadays, white fillings come in a number of varieties that patients can choose.

Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, your Downey, CA dentist, shares the differing types of white fillings available to patients.

The Many Varieties of White Fillings

  • Composite resin. The go-to type of filling material is composite resin, which is made from powdered glass and plastic. Contrary to popular belief, resin fillings prove just as durable as amalgam material.
    To complete this type of cavity filling, your
    Downey, CA dentist places the material in layers to create a stronger bond. Additionally, the dentist utilizes a specialized curing light to harden the material almost immediately. For this reason, patients can continue normal activities right after the treatment has concluded.
  • Ceramic. Another popular type of white filling is the ceramic variety. Made from porcelain material, these fillings have stain-resistant qualities that resin fillings lack. Additionally, ceramic material proves quite durable and appears natural amongst your surrounding teeth. The downside to these fillings is that they’re brittle and have the tendency to break easily. To prevent such incidences, dentist prefer to use ceramic material for inlays and onlays instead.
  • Glass ionomers. The most recently introduced type of white filling is a glass ionomer, which have been manufactured from glass and acrylic material. These fillings work best for kids since their teeth will continue to change for a number of years. This way if your kiddos have childhood tooth decay, a glass ionomer filling helps avoid the need for stainless steel caps.

For Composite Resin Cavity Fillings, Visit Downey Family Dentistry

White fillings have become the preferred type of dental fillings. If you would like to learn more about white fillings, talk to Dr. Hakimzadeh. He can explains which types of white fillings would prove most beneficial for your particular case. To schedule an appointment with our Downey, CA dental practice, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Downey, CA Dentist Explains Repairs for a Chipped Tooth

man with chipped teethWhen you have a chipped tooth, finding the correct treatment method is important to prevent an infection or any other type of dental ailment from occurring. Thankfully, chipping a tooth is relatively common and finding a corrective method is quite simple.

To explain the varying kinds of chipped tooth correction methods, Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, your Downey, CA dentist shares this informative blog post.

Corrective Methods for Chipped Teeth

  • Fillings. When a tooth has just a mild chip, a simple filling usually suffices as a corrective method. For this treatment, your Downey, CA dentist simply applies a bit of composite resin material to the area. Then, the resin is shaped and polished resulting in a perfectly restored tooth.
  • Shaping. Enamel shaping is another common repair for tiny chips in teeth. With this method, the dentist reshapes the tooth around the chipped portion to create a more uniform shape. Additionally, this type of treatment works well to correct any imperfections found along the surface of a tooth.
  • Veneers. If you wish to both repair and improve the appearance of your smile, Dr. Hakimzadeh might recommend the use of a veneer. These porcelain-made thin shells fit over teeth perfectly to cover-up discolorations, chips, cracks, and general imperfections. Furthermore, the porcelain material mimics natural teeth with ease, which makes this restorative method the most natural-looking and flawless.
  • Crowns. Sometimes a chipped tooth requires the use of crown—if the break was rather severe. To place the crown the dentist must take a number of steps: prepare the tooth, take impressions, and send the impressions to a manufacturer for creation. Then, upon their return to office, the dentist permanently bonds the crown to the prepared tooth for a completed repair.
  • Extraction. Chipped teeth have varying degrees of severity and if the tooth is beyond repair, the dentist may have to extract the tooth altogether. In such instances, Dr. Hakimzadeh finds the appropriate tooth replacement method to ensure your mouth stays healthy.

Downey Family Dentistry Offers Restorative Dental Treatment

If you have a chipped tooth, take care to visit Dr. Hakimzadeh. He can explain the varying treatment methods to make your tooth functional once again. To schedule an appointment with our Downey, CA dental practice, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Downey, CA Dentist Shares the Importance of Dental Bridges

bridgesDental bridges have become a popular type of tooth replacement method for those who have only endured partial tooth loss. In today’s article, Dr. Pasha Hakimzadeh, your Downey, CA dentist, explains the benefits of dental bridges.

The Many Benefits to Bridges

  1. Bridges can restore your mouth’s uniformity and aesthetic appeal.
  2. A dental bridge increases functionality, which means improved chewing and speaking. Additionally, you’re biting force is recovered.
  3. Completed smiles allow you to maintain your facial shape in tact without the possibility of enduring sagging of facial features.
  4. Correcting your smile with bridges or any other type of tooth replacement discourages teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges come in three main varieties and have been listed here as follows:

  • Traditional. This types of bridge is the most commonly used and seen. A traditional bridge utilizes three components: two anchoring crowns and the pontics (or false teeth). The anchoring crowns fit atop of two bordering healthy teeth—this keeps the restoration in place. The pontics fill-in the gap where you have teeth missing.
  • Cantilever. A cantilever bridge is typically used in the back of the mouth. These mimic traditional bridges almost to a tee. However, to place these your Downey, CA dentist only needs to use one anchoring crown rather than two.
  • Maryland bonded. Resin-bonded bridges is another name for a Maryland bonded type of dental bridge. These use wing-like bands rather than anchoring crowns. The wings appear almost like veneers, since the dentist removes a portion of your enamel from the back of the tooth. Then, the wings become permanently bonded and the pontics sit perfectly in place. Many patients prefer these bridges since they’re much less invasive.

Downey Family Dentistry Offers Tooth Replacement Options

For more information about dental bridges and other forms of tooth replacements, talk to Dr. Hakimzadeh. During a visit, he can explain which tooth replacement will work the best for you. To schedule an appointment with our Downey, CA dental practice, call us at (562) 472-2433. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and to learn more about our team. We proudly treat patients from Workman, Hollydale, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, and surrounding cities.

Thanks For Your Reviews And For Sharing Our Practice!

HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME OUR PATIENT? Most of our patients find us through trusted referrals from friends, extended family members, neighbors, and coworkers. When it comes to something as important as health care, honest personal endorsements are the best guide when people are making these decisions.

Thanks So Much For Your Referrals

You know what’s really cool about a new patient who comes to our office based on a referral? We know that referral originated from one of YOU—a valued patient that we’re connected to and already serving. It’s the ultimate compliment for us and it makes US smile.

During the early days of the internet, people searched online for a dentist by keying in their city name and the word “dentist”. But times have changed. Today, people look to trusted, permission-based social networks like Facebook and others to ask for their family’s and friends’ recommendations. That’s one of the reasons why we love social media so much… It makes it easy for our patients to share. Then, social media makes it easy for those potential new patients to really get to know us—even before they walk through our door for the first time.

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