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RESTORATION DENTISTRY

 

Patients frequently need to repair teeth due to accidents because an accident can happen at any time. Whether it is a car wreck, sports injury, playing with the kids, or falling at work – teeth are often the victim of daily accidents and when they are, it is important to fix the tooth right away. Otherwise, the area can become infected.  Restorations are also needed after a tooth becomes infected. When a patient gets a cavity, or a root canal is necessary, our Dentists can restore it so that the tooth can continue to function without needing to be removed. This is far better for your overall oral health since keeping your natural teeth is the best option in the long run.

Types of Dental Restorations

Dental crowns

When a tooth is missing a large portion of its enamel, a dental crown is the best type of restoration because it is a cap that completely surrounds the tooth. This way you can bite down with full force and not worry about being uncomfortable or damaging the tooth further. This is most frequently used after a root canal or when the tooth is severely cracked or chipped. Fortunately, they now come in all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal in addition to the traditional all-metal material. This means that patients getting crowns for dental restorations can have natural looking teeth after the fact.

 

Dental veneers

If a tooth is only slightly damaged with a small chip or crack, a veneer can be used to restore it. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on top of a natural tooth and frequently used for restorations of the front teeth. The process of placing a veneer is similar to that of a dental crown only with less tooth preparation. If you live in Los Angeles, CA schedule an appointment so that we can discuss both options with you.

 

Tooth-colored fillings

At Archie Dental / Dental Access, we use tooth-colored fillings as a way to restore teeth that have had cavities. Once the decayed area of the tooth has been removed a filling is necessary to replace the missing enamel. Traditionally, this was done using silver amalgam but now we can complete dental restorations using materials that look natural so that when you smile, no one can tell that you had cavities.

Bondings

Those that need minor dental restorations can often benefit from a simple bonding procedure. This is popular when restoring baby teeth. Children, for example, don’t need a dental veneer on a tooth that is going to fall out in short order. With this in mind, we can keep a baby tooth in place and ensure that it is functioning properly by restoring it using a bonding procedure. Our Dentist will use a tooth-colored material so that it looks completely natural.

Dental bridges 

Patients can use a bridge to replace a tooth without undergoing surgery. In this procedure, a dental crown is placed on the two teeth that surround the missing one. The crowns are used as anchors to hold a gum-colored bridge in place that the new tooth is secured to. The entire bridge is created in a local dental lab and will look completely natural by blending in with the surrounding teeth.

Dental Implants

An implant is by far the most durable option for replacing a missing tooth. In this procedure, the Dentist implants a metal post under the gums and secures it to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together to create a synthetic root system that the new tooth is secured to. With this type of dental restoration, patients can maintain an active lifestyle without worrying about the impact on their new tooth.