Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


What is a Dental Cap and How Is it Different from a Crown?

No matter how old you are – it’s always surprising to realize you don’t know it all. Who does, really? Even your dentists don’t know it all…but when it comes to teeth, we like to think we do.

So what about dental caps and dental crowns? What’s the difference? While many patients believe these two are wholly separate dental procedures (and pieces of “technology”) they actually aren’t.  That’s right, dental crowns and dental caps are actually the exact same thing.

Just in case you needed a refresher: read on.

When a tooth has significant damage or we need to remove a large portion of the tooth to make room for material (like with a dental bridge). This is done for a few reasons. Most of all, it’s done so that the gums don’t recede away from the crown. Because if we just added material, the gum might otherwise think it’s calculus or tartar that’s grown on the tooth. So a crown (or cap) is added to give the tooth additional strength and support to continue working as it should, despite the need for repairs. You would actually be surprised by how well  a dental crown can fix a damaged tooth.

Crowns have been used by dentists successfully for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Typically, they’re made of metals such as gold and palladium, porcelain baked onto metal, and varieties made entirely out of ceramic. All of these dental crown options have pros and cons – where you weigh your options in terms of price, durability, and appearance.

Could a crown be in your future? If you’re a dental patient in the Garden Grove area – our dentists can help. With extensive experience providing dental crowns and other restoration work – patients at Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove can always be sure they’re getting the best, most affordable care available.



When a bridge goes too far (Avoiding the most common dental bridge problems)

Not the kind of bridge you were thinking about, a dental bridge can make your smile look like new.

Not the kind of bridge you were thinking about, a dental bridge can make your smile look like new.

Yesterday, we blogged about an unfortunate incident in a bathroom (anywhere) in America that ended with a missing tooth. In that case, if the tooth had to be completely replaced – a dental bridge would likely be a viable solution.

You’ll find tons of blog posts about dental bridges, their history, and various components all over our blog, here’s a few just to get you started (if you’re interested):

But if you already have dental bridges -you might be wondering how to avoid some of the more common problems with dental bridges. So without further preamble, let’s get to it.

Bridges that fit poorly: poorly fitting bridgework means you change your dentist. Because bridges that don’t fit well are the result of poor craftsmanship that leads to pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. Bridges that don’t fit right can lead to infection, gum irritation, and more.

Poor Oral Hygiene: the most common problem patients experience with dental bridges tends to revolve around decay. Because the dental bridge uses the adjacent teeth as “supports” – the space beneath the bridge, the bridge itself, and the teeth supporting it are at an increased risk for decay and need to be carefully taken care of.

Failure to take care of a dental bridge and the surrounding teeth could lead to the need for root canal therapy – or the loss of additional teeth.

Think about it this way – a dental bridge is a good looking tooth replacement that takes a little bit of work. If you don’t want to have to do that work for more teeth – be sure to take care of all of your teeth.

Have a question? Our dentists in Garden Grove are here to help!  Get in touch today to learn about new patient specials. 


Can I Replace One Tooth With a Veneer?

Chipped teeth are a very common thing for dentists across the country to see in all kinds of dental practices. So common in fact, that there are quite a few ways to treat a chipped tooth.

Depending on your teeth and the severity of the chip – the options available to you might be slightly different than what’s available to a friend, family member, or coworker. But if you’re fixing just a single tooth – know this, if you’re hoping for a veneer – with today’s advanced ceramic technology, veneers are an eminently feasible option. This will depend on a few factors….

The Color of Your Teeth

Based on the color and translucency of your teeth, your dentist will likely make a decision on the type of material that will be best for your repair. This is to ensure that the artificial substrate (the veneer) matches the natural substrate – your teeth. This is a very important aspect of getting any sort of cosmetic dental work done and a reason you want to make sure you choose an experienced, professional dentist.

The Location of the Tooth

Doing a single middle tooth all by itself is often regarded as one of the tougher tasks for a cosmetic dentist . This is because the two middle teeth have to be matched as perfectly as possible, 0r the smile will look just a bit “off”.  Achieving this result is NOT impossible, however. Especially if your teeth tend to be of a relatively uniform color.

Teeth Whitening

If you’ve chipped a tooth and you’d like a dental veneer to hide the imperfection and make it virtually impossible to know your tooth is damaged, one option we frequently recommend is bleaching first. This ensures that the coloring of the teeth is a little more uniform – which can make repairing a single tooth with veneers a little more manageable.

Have questions about your teeth? Our dentists here in Garden Grove thrive on helping patients live life with a confident smile. To learn more, contact us today about appointments and new patient specials in Southern California. 


So You Just Knocked Out a Bunch of Teeth….


Imagine the scenario. You’re at home, dealing with a tub that’s long since overflowed after a busy, busy bathtime, when you finally turn to grab the last bit of clutter left…a wet towel. But instead, you only hear the YOWWWWWWWWL of an angry, towel colored cat.

The result? A fast pivot on wet tile. and a scurry of claws. Followed by gravity and momentum working together to send you quickly tumbling, face first into porcelain.

In slow motion now….the rim of the toilet misses its prime targets – helping you avoid the messy business of a broken nose, or the dull concussion of forehead to porcelain (which is what you were really expecting).  So you’re a bit surprised there’s an absence of tears, blood, boogers, or headache. No, there’s just a quick *crack*, maybe even a *thud*. That’s all it takes. You cradle your face in your hands, and gingerly touch where you think your teeth would be. ‘

Your cat just took out 3  of your teeth. And now panic sets in.

So what do you do? 

 If you’re reading this for advice… 

You’re going to look into the mirror. It’s too tempting. But do your best to try and not freak out. It’s hard not to. But don’t worry, everything is fixable – and dentists are flexible. You’ll get through this.

Take a deep breath, and collect the pieces of your teeth that are either on the floor or in the toilet. Cross your fingers the toilet was flushed prior to this unfortunate incident.

To preserve the teeth, you can either put them back in your mouth (preserving them in your saliva) or in a small container of milk. Since your teeth were on, in, or around the toilet – we recommend having someone check the fridge.

For now, rinse them off and preserve them in a small container of milk. Be careful not to wash away any root material on the underside of the tooth. Hold it by the upper crown and rinse with milk (or water) and store it in a container with a little more milk. Do not wipe it.

Next, take an ibuprofen or other OTC pain medication and immediately call your dentist. If you live near Garden Grove, California – our same day emergency dental services can help.

Finally, flush the toilet if it wasn’t already.

What’s going to happen next

Sometimes, putting a tooth back in can be simple. Especially if it was forced out without breakage. When the tooth is broken it’s a bit of a different story.

If the tooth isn’t cracked or broken, your dentist will gently clear the socket of debris. Don’t worry – it won’t hurt (we’ll make sure of that with anesthesia if necessary). Next, she’ll gently slide the tooth back into place.

Sometimes, a root canal procedure is recommended right away  due to the fact that debris and bacteria likely entered the root canal. Other times, if the tooth wasn’t out of the mouth for very long, you might not need it. Next your dentist will splint your tooth to other healthy teeth, which – over time – allows the root to reattach. This usually takes about four weeks. If the tooth was chipped, broken, or completely ruined – a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry options are available (which would take up far too much space for one blog post).


Avoid Dental Emergencies This Winter With 3 Simple Tips


Even though we might live with some of the best weather in the world – it doesn’t mean that “winter” doesn’t still hold its own unique hazards for your dental health. So today, our dentists in Garden Grove are coming to you with some easy tips to protect your teeth when “winter” sports do find a way into your life.

If you didn’t realize it. It’s possible for Californians to go skiing (or snowboarding) and surfing in a single day. Few other parts of the country can boast this (unless you don’t mind a thick wetsuit).

Whether you run into a tree at Mammoth Mountain, take a spill at the ice-skating rink, or smack a tooth on your surfboard in Winter’s large swells, it’s no secret that sports can lead to injuries. But no matter what you do for fun in the winter-time, it’s important to remember that it’s not hard to injure your teeth. But it’s even easier to take some precautions.

Wear proper protection: No matter what your sport is – proper protection is key when it comes to avoiding the need for emergency dental treatment. If you’re participating in a sport like skating, that means a mouthguard. If you’re skiing, that means a helmet. But even if the protection designed for the sport doesn’t exactly protect your teeth – take every precaution you can. And for the sports with no real “dental” protection – read on.

Participate responsibly. Some sports take on a very social nature – which can sometimes include alcohol consumption. So in addition to being aware of the acid your teeth are exposed to (like a superstar dental patient), you should be aware of how substances like alcohol or medication can affect your performance. Do what you can to understand the sport. Know what you’re doing, or take a lesson. The best way to avoid an injury is to be prepared.

Treat injuries quickly. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent an injury. In these cases, the best course of action is to quickly and calmly handle the situation.  For tips on how – follow one of our many blog posts on handling a dental emergency .

Have questions about your teeth? Or are you experiencing a dental emergency? Call our dentists in Garden Grove today – now offering same day emergency dental support for patients in Orange County.