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By Golden Dental
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental CrownsWhat your dentist in Lancaster wants you to know about dental crowns

If your smile is breaking down due to damaged teeth or large, old, crumbly fillings, it’s time to think about restoring your smile. The answer is dental crowns! So, what are dental crowns? Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA, wants to share what you should know about dental crowns and how they can help your smile.

Dental crowns work differently than other dental restorations. That’s because dental crowns cover the entire visible part of your tooth above the gumline. This overall treatment provides protection against tooth breakage. When you bite down or chew, your teeth are subjected to considerable stress and pressure, which can cause them to break. Dental crowns spread the stress and pressure evenly across the entire surfaces of your teeth, reducing the possibility of breakage.

Dental fillings are a commonly used restorative treatment, but they don’t provide the same protection against breakage. That’s because a filling will actually divide your tooth into sections, sometimes weakening the tooth structure. There is a possibility of breakage when you bite or chew.

Dental crowns can strengthen your smile, and they can also improve the appearance of your smile. That’s because dental crowns are made of materials like porcelain, which mimic the look of tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent, meaning it reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, so they blend into your smile.

At Golden Dental, Dr. Markarian uses state-of-the-art Computer-assisted-design/Computer-assisted-measurement technology known as CAD/CAM. This technology allows you to have a dental crown created and placed all in the same day. Using precise measurements and dimensions, your new crown can be created right in the office, while you wait! Imagine having your tooth prepared, the crown created, and the crown placed all in the same appointment!

Thanks to CAD/CAM technology, you no longer have to wait for your crown to come back from the dental laboratory, while you wear an unsightly, uncomfortable temporary crown. Your crown will look great and fit perfectly, the first time, every time.

If you need to restore the function and appearance of your smile, it’s time to consider dental crowns. For more information about dental crowns and other restorative, cosmetic, or preventive dental services call Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call today!

Are you worried about your missing teeth ruining your smile? Do you want to have them replaced, but aren't sure what your options are? If restorative dentistryso, then you've come to the right place. Dr. Roland Markarian offers his patients crowns and bridges at Golden Dental, located in Lancaster, CA.

Dental Bridges

The dental bridges your Lancaster dentist offers are custom-made oral appliances that will match the rest of your teeth.

There are two types of bridges:

  • Fixed partial dentures are attached to dental implants or natural teeth, but they come in various forms, such as conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.
  • Removable bridges can be taken out of your mouth so you can give them a thorough cleaning yourself.

Bridges are helpful in improving aesthetic issues, as well as functional issues:

  • Conceal spaces and gaps between teeth
  • Restore bite and chewing functions

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, like bridges, can offer you so much. The custom-made dental installations, also referred to as caps, are made of porcelain, which makes them durable. They are placed over a tooth after your doctor carves the tooth enough so that it can fit under the crown. Sometimes a tooth is so severely decayed, the doctor needs to rebuild the tooth before placing the crown over it.

Crowns can also help you with the following:

  • They hide chips and cracks caused by injuries, like when playing sports.
  • The can conceal stained and/or discolored teeth caused by smoking.
  • They are used for covering restorative procedures like a root canal.
  • They are strong so they add reinforcement to your teeth, which makes biting and chewing easier.
  • They are placed over fillings that are about to be dislocated.

Crowns and bridges conceal many issues, as well as add reinforcement for your teeth. They are great treatments that can improve the quality of your life and the appearance of your smile. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Markarian at his office in Lancaster, CA.


So, you're about to have a tooth capped with a crown. Do you know what you need to know before you undergo this common dental procedure?

Here's a short true or false quiz to test your knowledge of dental crowns.

All crowns are the same. False — while all crowns have the same basic design — a life-like prosthetic tooth fitted over and bonded or cemented to a natural tooth — their compositions can vary greatly. Early metal crowns consisted mainly of gold or silver and are still used today. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns — a metal interior for strength overlaid by a porcelain exterior for appearance — became popular in the latter 20th Century. Although still widely used, PFMs have been largely surpassed by newer all-ceramic materials that are stronger than past versions.

Crowns can differ in their artistic quality. True — all crowns are designed to replicate a natural tooth's function — in other words, enable the tooth to effectively chew again. But a crown's appearance can be a different story, depending on how much attention to detail and artistry goes into it. The higher the individual craftsmanship, the more lifelike it will appear — and the more expensive it can be.

With digital milling equipment, dental labs are obsolete. False — although technology exists that allows dentists to produce their own crowns, the equipment is not yet in widespread use.  The vast majority of crowns are still produced by a trained technician in a dental laboratory. And just as you base your choice of a dentist on your confidence in and respect for them, dentists look for the same thing in a dental lab — good, reliable and consistent results.

Your insurance may not cover what your dentist recommends. True — dental insurance will typically pay for a basic, functional crown. Aesthetics — how it will look — is a secondary consideration. As a result, your policy may not cover the crown your dentist recommends to function properly and look attractive. A new crown, however, is a long-term investment in both your dental function and your smile. It may be well worth supplementing out of pocket your insurance benefit to get the crown that suits you on both counts.

If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Golden Dental
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”

Dental crowns and bridges are some of the most popular procedures widely available from dentists almost anywhere. While these dental crownsimportant dental restorations may seem straight forward, they are more complex than they first appear. Learn more about dental crowns and bridges with Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA.

Dental Crowns
A dental crown fits over a tooth to protect it from damage. Crowns most often protect teeth which have undergone root canal therapy, but can also help in cases of damaged teeth, trauma to the tooth or to improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth. Carefully carved by a dental laboratory technician from a block of ceramic, porcelain dental crowns are the most natural looking crown option. However, crowns come in various materials like metal, metal mix or porcelain fused to metal in different price ranges to fit your budget.

Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are easy to picture. Simply think of three dental prosthetic teeth in a row. The two outside prosthetic teeth are actually crowns, and the center tooth replaces a missing tooth. The crowns fit onto the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, and the center prosthetic fills it. This makes chewing and speaking easier and helps keep the side effects of tooth loss like sagging facial skin or premature aging at bay.

Dental Crowns and Bridges in Lancaster, CA
Your dentist will place your dental crown or bridge using similar procedures. Your dentist first prepares the tooth to receive the crown. In the case of a bridge, both surrounding teeth are prepared. The process involves removing parts of the sides and tops of the tooth to make room for the crown to fit over it. The crown will fully encompass the tooth and your dentist will permanently affix it using dental cement.

For more information on dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call (661) 948-8100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markarian today!

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