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By Reed Family Dental
November 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Improving your smile is easier than you think. Even if you have damaged or missing teeth, Dr. Lyssa Reed of Reed Family Dental can help. There are many tooth problems that can be fixed using dental crowns in Yuba City, CA. Let's look at some of these common issues. 

Broken Teeth

If a tooth becomes broken or chipped, it can change the appearance of your smile and it can also pose a threat to the health of your mouth. If the broken tooth has sharp or jagged edges, it could cause scrapes or cuts in your mouth. Getting this problem fixed is crucial to your self-confidence and the health of your mouth. A crown can be used over a broken tooth to restore the tooth and keep the rest of your mouth safe. 

Decayed Teeth

When teeth become decayed they can become unsightly and this can really affect how you feel about your smile. Dental crowns in Yuba City, CA can be used to fix this problem. Having a crown placed over a decayed tooth can slow the decaying process, and restore the appearance of the tooth. 

Misshaped Teeth

Sometimes teeth may come in different shapes and even different sizes. This can make it difficult to enjoy your smile. Crowns can be created to ensure that all of your teeth are the same size and shape. 

Missing Teeth

Many people do not realize that crowns can also be used to fix missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, and do not wish to undergo implant surgery, crowns and bridges could be a good solution for you. Crowns can be added to teeth on either side of a missing tooth and a bridge can be attached to these crowns. A pontic, or a false tooth, can then be added to the bridge to sit in the gap left by the missing tooth. This is a great, non-invasive way to deal with missing teeth. 

If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are interested in dental crowns in Yuba City, CA, please contact Dr. Lyssa Reed at Reed Family Dental by calling 530-671-2580. 


Patients and dentists alike love dental implants. For one, they're unique among other dental restorations because they replace the tooth root as well as the visible crown. It's actually their role as a root replacement that makes them so durable and lifelike.

But it still falls to the dentist to create as natural an appearance as possible through proper implant placement. It requires extensive technical skill and artistry to surgically place an implant in the precise location inside the jawbone to gain the best outcome. It's even more critical when the tooth is a highly visible one within the "smile zone"—the teeth others see when we smile.

With a patient's smile appearance on the line, it's important that we carefully consider a number of factors that can impact implant success and address them as needed in our treatment plan.

The gums. The gums are to the teeth as a frame is to a masterpiece painting. If the gums don't correctly cover the new implant, the final outcome won't look natural. Positioning the implant precisely helps ensure the gums look attractive. It may also be necessary to augment the gums, such as grafting surgery to encourage growth of lost gum tissue, to achieve the most lifelike result.

The socket. For simple extractions (as opposed to surgical removals), a dentist deftly manipulates the ligament holding the tooth in place to loosen and remove it. It's important to do this carefully—if the tooth's bony socket becomes damaged in the process (or because of other trauma), it can complicate implant placement in the future.

The supporting bone. Likewise, the bone in which the implant is imbedded must be reasonably healthy and of adequate volume. Besides not providing enough support, inadequate bone also makes it difficult to place an implant for the most attractive result. Bone grafting at the time of extraction minimizes bone shrinkage. If bone shrinkage had occurred, the Inadequate bone may require grafting, particularly if there is a lag time between extraction and implantation. In extreme cases, though, a patient may need to choose a different restoration.

The usual process for implants—planning, surgical placement and the healing period after surgery—can take time. Paying attention to these and other factors will help ensure that time and the effort put into this process has a satisfying outcome—an attractive, natural and long lasting smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Immediate Dental Implants.”