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Restoring the Smile’s Health in Cerritos, CA
Restructuring damaged teeth and replacing lost ones is a key dental service we provide. If people are going to lose a tooth, our dentist knows the best ways to restore them. Philip I. Kress DMD provides dental restorations in Cerritos, Artesia, La Palma, and the surrounding communities.
Choosing the Right Restoration for You
After your consultation with Dr. Kress and it is determined that you need a dental restoration and which one will best serve you, our dentist contacts a trusted dental lab to fabricate your restoration. We partner with five different laboratories, each of whom have a history of excellence in a particular restoration. Working with this network encourages a more successful, longer-lasting result from restoring your smile.
Once the restoration is complete, it is added to your smile at a follow-up appointment.
Dr. Kress uses crowns to restore teeth which have been significantly weakened by decay or injury.
Our practice uses several different materials to provide the best function depending on your circumstance. Pressed porcelain and zirconia both mimic the color and translucence of naturally healthy teeth to differing degrees and are often used in restorative care. Gold crowns are strong enough to be used for patients with teeth grinding and other additional oral health conditions. Porcelain fused to gold crowns offer a compromise between these two materials, allowing patients who need the resilience of gold to acquire some of porcelain’s cosmetic benefits.
When replacing a small number of lost teeth, our dentist in Cerritos uses a fixed porcelain bridge.
A bridge consists of at least two crowns and a pontic. A crown on each end serve as anchors, and one or more prosthetic teeth fill the space in the middle. The healthy teeth next to the gap have the stabilizing crowns placed over them, granting the bridge the support needed to function properly. The end result is an improved smile that allows patients to eat and speak normally.
Dr. Kress also offers full and partial dentures to restore larger portions of patients’ smiles. We also have transitional options to help patients have a functional smile while waiting for their permanent restoration.
Full dentures are an entire arch of prosthetic teeth, used when one-half or all of the smile is lost. Partial dentures replicate individual sections of the smile, restoring lost teeth while clasping onto the remaining teeth for support. Dentures tend to be more affordable in the long-term than other restorations. They are also able to help patients who would not medically qualify for bridges or implants, allowing them to treat a more versatile range of restorative needs.
Contact Us Today
Philip I. Kress DMD offers several restorative dental treatments in Cerritos, serving patients in the surrounding communities as well. To learn more about how we can keep your smile healthy, call our practice today!