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When you partner with Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry, you have peace of mind that your “rebuilt” or preserved tooth will look, feel, and function indistinguishably from a healthy and attractive-looking natural tooth. Our specialists, Drs. Fanny Yacaman and Frank Vidjak support optimal outcomes and a satisfying patient experience with their considerable, highly-focused expertise in two specialty areas: endodontics and prosthodontics, respectively.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Vidjak specializes in the replacement of anything in the mouth to restore oral health and function (“prostho” refers to “replacement” and “odont” to “teeth”). Dental crowns are among the most common and versatile types of dental restorations. They are designed to restore or replace lost tooth structures. A tooth can be marred by dental decay and the effects of periodontal (gum) disease. The tooth is eroded from the outside inward.
Less extensive forms of damage, such as enamel erosion, can be corrected with oral hygiene modifications or preventive services designed to remineralize the tooth. However, if sufficient tooth structure is eroded, dental materials must be “prepared” (designed and shaped) to replace the lost tissue. A tooth that develops a cavity or hole in its surface can be repaired with a filling. If the hole is too large to be supported by a filling, then more extensive types of restorations may be recommended, among them dental crowns.
Each tooth has a natural crown, which is the visible white part above the gum line. When that portion of the teeth is damaged, crowns may be made to fit over the natural tooth. The crown is fashioned from durable, tooth-like dental materials such as ceramic-like porcelain. The natural tooth is also reduced in size, and any decayed matter is removed. So, the new crown fits over the tooth perfectly and gets a fresh slate. Crowns may also be designed, fabricated, and placed to:
Prosthodontists like our very own Dr. Vidjak have advanced training and experience beyond dental school specific to rebuilding and preserving damaged teeth or replacing missing teeth. As a specialty practice, we also have sophisticated tools to aid in creating the most lifelike and durable restorations and replacement teeth. Lastly, Dr. Vidjak is joined by endodontist Dr. Fanny Yacaman. Dr. Yacaman is skilled in preserving teeth with endodontic nonsurgical (root canal therapy) and surgical procedures. Often, crowns are placed following root canal treatment, which Dr. Yacaman expertly administers. In this manner, even severely decayed teeth can be preserved – avoiding the need for extractions and tooth replacements such as implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures.