Cosmetic and General Dentistry
4227 Rosemead Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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Don't let fear of a root canal prevents you from addressing tooth pain
or pressure. Our dentist use modern tools and techniques, such as
Single Tooth Anesthesia, to make root canal discomfort a thing of the
past! A root canal is actually a conservative treatment option that may
save your tooth from extraction. In addition, Dr. Duong often performs
this simple, comfortable procedure in a single office visit.
The pulp, or nerve, inside a tooth has canals that lead to the tooth
root. These canals provide a valuable service and help keep teeth
healthy and strong. A tooth fracture, deep cavity, or other trauma can
damage the canals and make them vulnerable to infection. Our
dentists perform root canals to eradicate early-stage infection,
eliminate pain and pressure, and preserve teeth.
*Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Somewhere between the ages of 15 to 25 years, most people's third
molars begin to erupt through the gum line at the very back of their
mouths. However, the modern jaw shape often can't accommodate
wisdom teeth, leading to either of two unhealthy conditions: crowding
of existing permanent teeth, or impaction – the incoming molars get
stuck in place. Since few people’s jaws can accommodate these large
third molars, we typically examine our 11 and 12-year-old patients to
predict the upcoming developmental positioning of the wisdom teeth,
recommending extraction prior to 17 to 19 years of age.
While extraction may not sound like a lot of fun, it's far better than the
typical alternatives. Crowded teeth can misalign your bite, cause jaw
pain, and lead to gum disease, causing dental problems for the rest of
your life. Partially-erupted wisdom teeth allow bacteria and germs to
multiply, leading to infection or cyst formation; tumors may even grow
on a trapped wisdom tooth. Impacted or partially-erupted wisdom teeth
may force entry, pushing up in whichever direction they find the most
give: sideways, vertically, backward, forward. They can become stuck
while still fully encased in the jawbone (called a bony impaction), or
prior to erupting through the gums (called a soft tissue impaction).
Such impaction can cause pain, swelling, and infection. The good
news is that extraction is a simple, routine surgical procedure that can
usually be performed comfortably in one office visit.
If you're self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn
teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental
crowns, also called caps. A crown can return structure, strength, and
function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit
snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth
from further damage and preserve the jaw's correct natural alignment.
We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-
porcelain crowns. Our precise color-matching system allows us to find
the right shade of porcelain to blend with your natural tooth color.
Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long lasting, and
these benefits make them popular with dentists as well as patients.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your crowns in just a couple of
short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you
do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily
flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be
sure to see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings
and a preventive exam, too.
*Dentures and Partials
Missing teeth alter your appearance, lessen your self-esteem, and
compromise whole-body health. Dentures and partials can restore
smiles and rejuvenate oral wellness.
Dentures contain prosthetic teeth on a natural-looking, gum-colored
base. We will assess your smile and may recommend upper, lower, or
a full set of dentures to renew oral vitality. Dentures will recreate your
natural smile and let you enjoy the benefits of a complete set of teeth.
Typically, dentures are secured with adhesive, but we may suggest
dental implants for maximum stability.
A partial denture, or partial, restores smiles that have some healthy
teeth remaining. Missing teeth leave gaps. A partial contains one or
more prosthetic teeth to fill gaps and complete smiles. We will use
metal clasps to attach your removable partial to healthy neighboring
*Crown & Bridgework
A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of
remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing
function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the
face to give you a more youthful appearance.
First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on
one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge
is joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and
consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic)
and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend
upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the
location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy
adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal
post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a
bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable
partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.
Tooth decay affects people of all ages. Left untreated, decay only
worsens and may compromise overall health. Decayed teeth can be
restores with tooth-colored composite resin fillings.
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and
mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This
means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another
pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining
tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature
changes. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your
natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in
conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the
better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement
sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually
mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages
may discolor your composites.
Inlays or onlays may be suggested, if your tooth's decay is too large
for a filling but doesn't require a full crown. Inlays and onlays are made
of porcelain or composite resin to strengthen and protect teeth while
blending seamlessly with your existing smile.
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939 S. Atlantic Blvd. #110
Monterey Park, CA 91754