Across conventional and holistic dentistry, the intent of dentists is to guard the natural tooth structure as much as possible. Dr. Zakarian, when providing restorative dental care, determines the most conservative form of treatment before recommending any specific procedure. This is called minimally invasive treatment, a philosophy that Dr. Zakarian follows throughout his practice.
Our patients benefit from our approach to dental care, which considers the restoration of a damaged tooth or teeth first with composite resin fillings, or custom crafted inlays or onlays, before a dental crown is deemed the most suitable treatment. A biocompatibility test is done to determine which material is healthiest and best tolerated by the patient.
We’re committed to the preservation of natural tooth structure, and whenever possible, the protection of the existing structure. There are some instances when a dental crown is necessary to prevent further damage to a tooth that has been weakened in some way. Several circumstances may call for restoration with a biocompatible dental crown, such as:
- A crack or fracture in a tooth
- A cracked or fractured filling
- Extensive damage from a large cavity
Dental crowns act as a layer of protection, fully covering the visible part of the tooth. Made of non-aluminum, fully-tested porcelain, the crowns designed by Dr. Zakarian contain no metal, making them fully biocompatible as well as attractive. There is no worry over a dark line near the gums, or a galvanic effect; just a long-lasting, beautiful restoration.
Crowns may be used as the sole restoration when a tooth has been damaged. A dental crown can also be used on top of a dental implant.
Fixed dental bridges can be a solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental bridges, like crowns, have been a longstanding part of restorative dental care. A fixed bridge can restore functionality and an attractive smile after a tooth or teeth have been lost.
Taking precise measurements through dental impressions, two porcelain crowns are crafted in a state-of-the-art dental lab. When there is a space between two crowns, an artificial tooth, created to perfection in size and shape, can be placed. Fused together as a single piece, the bridge is then cemented into place to restore the smile affected by tooth loss.