Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is dental treatment that focuses on repairing damaged or decayed teeth or replacing a missing teeth. The goal is to restore function and give patients a complete smile. Restorative interventions, such as root canal therapy, dental crowns, bridges, or implants, benefit both the smile’s appearance and its function in areas such as speech and eating. In some cases, it can help save a tooth from being extracted.

At Ocean View Dental Care, we use the latest materials and technology to achieve a natural, aesthetic result while preserving or replacing the tooth’s structure. With proper care and maintenance, these restorations can last for years, protecting your investment and your oral health.

Restorative Dental Treatments

Restorative dental treatment may include crowns, fillings, root canals, or dental bridges, among other interventions. These treatments are used in different scenarios, depending on your needs.

Dental Crowns:

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps the dentist bonds on top of teeth that have been affected by fracturing or decay. If the amount of decay is too extensive to address with fillings or other more conservative restorations, a dental crown is needed.

Also, if a tooth is weakened, such as with a root canal, a dental crown can be placed on the tooth to strengthen it. When a tooth is cracked or broken, a crown can protect the tooth from further damage and infection.

Before placing the crown, the dentist must prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the restoration.Dental crowns may be made of a variety of materials including zirconia, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or metal alone. Different materials may be appropriate in different circumstances based on your needs and desires. Porcelain and zirconia crowns have the added benefit of matching the appearance of your natural teeth.

Root Canal Therapy:

When a damaged or decayed tooth exposes the tooth’s innermost pulp to oral bacteria, the tooth is at risk of infection that could ultimately destroy the tooth. The only way to treat this without extracting the tooth is with root canal therapy.

In this procedure, the dentist removes infected material from the pulp chamber and then cleans out and seals the empty chamber with a rubber-like substance. This prevents the bacteria from infiltrating the space again. The root canal process does make the tooth more susceptible to breakage, so it is usually fitted with a dental crown afterward for additional protection.

Dental Bridges:

If you have lost a tooth or up to three adjacent teeth, a fixed dental bridge can fill in the empty space. A dental bridge places a pontic (artificial tooth) at the site of the missing tooth. The dentist will secure it by placing crowns on adjoining teeth that “bridge the gap.” Like dental crowns, dental bridges can be tailored to blend in with the patient’s natural smile.

Other Treatments:

At Ocean View Dental Care, we can take care of all your restorative dentistry needs. This also includes fillings, inlays and onlays, dental implants, dentures, and extractions.

Each patient’s unique specifications determine the type of restoration needed. Your dentist can make recommendations on the type of restoration and the best materials that will be most beneficial and appropriate in your case.

Benefits of Restorative Dental Treatment

When a tooth is damaged, the ideal solution is to preserve the biological tooth. Even when compared to advanced tooth replacements, a biological tooth is preferable. Some restorative treatments, such as dental crowns and root canals, can help to achieve this goal.

Teeth that can’t be salvaged should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic, such as a dental implant or bridge. If not replaced, the empty space causes the remaining teeth to shift. This can affect the bite and cause crooked teeth, which can affect speech and eating. In addition, crooked teeth are harder to properly clean, putting the patient at a higher risk of decay and gum disease.

How much does Restorative Dentistry cost?

The cost of restorative dental treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on several factors. For instance, the complexity of the case and the material chosen for the restoration. In addition, there may be other associated costs, such as imaging or dental impressions.
Insurance may cover a portion of the cost of restorative treatment. At your initial consultation, the staff at our office will be able to give you more specifics about the anticipated costs.
On the other hand, ignoring the need for restorative treatment puts you at risk of further and more serious problems along with the need for additional or more invasive treatments. Therefore, the end cost becomes much higher.

Insurance may cover a portion of the cost of restorative treatment. At your initial consultation, the staff at our office will be able to give you more specifics about the anticipated costs.

On the other hand, ignoring the need for restorative treatment puts you at risk of further and more serious problems along with the need for additional or more invasive treatments. Therefore, the end cost becomes much higher.

Get All Your Questions Answered

If you have a restorative dental need, don’t delay treatment. Call us at (949) 388-0780 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation.

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Tuesday: 7am – 3pm
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905 Calle Amanecer, Suite 265
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 388-0780