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7777 Alvarado Road, Suite 210
La Mesa, California 91942 US
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Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (FAACD)


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, San Diego State University
    Dental: DDS, University of California, Los Angeles

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I need six crowns on my front teeth. I was wonder if i should do them individually/separately or have all six connected together

I would highly recommend them being separate, unless you have periodontal disease and loss of bone around these teeth and they are loose. If the... READ MORE

I have a crown on my front tooth which is loose. My tooth is fractured. Can the fracture not be repaired?

Not if the root itself is fractured. This usually occurs when a tooth has had a root canal and a metal post placed in it. If the root is fractured, it... READ MORE

Is an Emax crown on tooth 7 worth the additional $250 compared to a metal one covered in porcelain?

E.Max is one of the strongest ceramics we have available in dentistry and certainly more aesthetic and natural looking than a metal supported... READ MORE

Will my smile improve if I get my inwardly tilted incisors straightened with braces/Invisalign?

Unfortunately, you may not know until the final result is finished. Having said this, your dentist can actually take a mold of your teeth and have a... READ MORE

Can a problem occur if a dental crown is not fully seated against the gumline?

Usually what you are feeling is the junction of the crown where it meets the natural tooth. Usually a dentist, unless there was a cavity here, will... READ MORE

Veneer or crown on front 2 teeth with no cavities or root canal?

Veneers are always the best option if there is enough existing tooth structure to attach the veneer to. If there is significant loss of enamel on... READ MORE

Is dental bonding good option for me? Did I get a fair consult? (photos)

You are right in that veneers are a better long term solution in both strength and aesthetics. Chairside veneers or bonding are when the dentist uses... READ MORE

I have tooth sensitivity on tooth 14, upper left side. I had a root canal done and a crown. What’s wrong with the tooth?

Usually when a root canal treated tooth has sensitivity, the tooth may be a little too hard in certain movements. I would have your dentist evaluate... READ MORE

Is it essential to do a root canal on basically gum, with no tooth?

If the existing crown broke off at the gum line, a root canal needs to be done so that a post and core/build-up can be placed to establish a solid... READ MORE

Veneer or Invisalign? Which is better for one tooth only? (Photo)

I assume you are talking about the second tooth from the middle on your right (right lateral incisor). It is a little difficult to see from this... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Hornbrook

David Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD has shared 4 before and after pictures with 5 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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