Common Questions and Answers From Your Los Angeles Prosthodontist

During your first appointment with your Los Angeles prosthodontist, Dr. Irving Lebovics, a number of questions may arise regarding your treatment at our practice. We believe it is best to provide our patients with the answer to their common questions, in order for them to make an informed decision about the treatment option that is best for their condition. Read some of our frequently asked questions below and contact our Los Angeles prosthodontist office with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Q. What is a Prosthodontist?

A. A prosthodontist is a specialist in the replacement or restoration of teeth and jaw structures utilizing artificial materials. A prosthodontist must complete three-to-four additional years of training in a prosthodontics program accredited by the American Dental Association. This extensive training includes literature review, lectures, patient treatment and restoration fabrication in the laboratory.

Q. Why Should I Use a Prosthodontist?

A. Known as experts in dental restoration and rehabilitation, prosthodontists have extensive training in many procedures including: dentures, removable partial dentures, crowns, bridges, caps, veneers and dental implants. Prosthodontists also undergo training in placing dental implants surgically.

Q. How is a Prosthodontist Different From a Cosmetic Dentist?

A. While the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties, it does not recognize “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. During their three-to-four-year graduate programs, prosthodontists receive extensive training and experience in dental esthetics and cosmetics. Many cosmetic dentists receive training through weekend or weeklong seminars or a series of courses.

Q. What if I Have an Emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend, and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. What If I Have a Gap In My Teeth, a Chipped Tooth or Teeth That Do Not Respond To Normal Bleaching Methods?

A. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.

Q. Why Do Teeth Need Dental Crowns?

A. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. A crown may be recommended to strengthen a tooth, restore a tooth to its original shape or to improve the appearance of a tooth. New technology allows us to fabricate crowns completely from resin or porcelain, ensuring the most natural life-like results.

Contact Us Today

We appreciate you choosing Dr. Irving Lebovics as your local Beverly Hills and Los Angeles prosthodontist. Dr. Lebovics specializes in a number of services, including laser dentistry, dental implants, Zoom2 Whitening and more. We believe that by providing our patients with a variety of options to cater to their needs, we are able to offer the best prosthodontics in the Los Angeles area. To make an appointment at our practice, please contact us at 310-659-8152 and one of our team members would be happy to assist you. We are always accepting new patients at our Los Angeles prosthodontist office, and we look forward to seeing you soon!