Palo Alto, CA
Restorative dentistry refers to any dental procedures which repair or replace damaged or missing teeth to restore function to the mouth. The primary aim of restorative dentistry is to improve oral health by ensuring all oral parts function optimally.
You will require dental restorative care if you have cavities, tooth decay, damaged or broken teeth, or missing teeth.
At Palo Alto Oral Health we offer various restorative dentistry services to enhance your oral health and improve bite function. When you visit us, we begin by inspecting the mouth to spot any potential oral concerns you might have.
We obtain more details about your oral experiences in the past and any kinds of issues you have faced such as pain, sensitivity, bad breath, and bleeding gums. Our dental restorative services include:
Dental filling restoration is the most common restorative dentistry procedure. Dental fillings are used to replace parts of your teeth that have been damaged. Bacteria can erode tooth enamel and make a cavity that the fillings will occupy. The cavity has to be small enough to warrant a filling or tooth restoration will not be an option.
The dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth during the procedure and replace it with a white compost substance, stopping the tooth decay and reducing any further damage. With proper oral care, fillings should last several years.
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Root Canal Therapy
Tooth decay can be severe enough that it reaches the tooth’s pulp leading to a harmful and painful infection. The only option for tooth restoration in such a case is root canal therapy, as a filling will not be enough. As the name suggests, root canal therapy involves removing the infected tooth pulp, including damaged nerves and blood vessels. After cleaning the infected area, the dentist will fill the canal with a rubber dental substance called gutta-percha. They will then add an inlay or onlay followed by a dental crown for extra strength and support as well as an improved appearance.
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A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that dentists use to cover cracked, chipped, decayed or damaged teeth. A crown fits over your entire tooth, and its purpose is to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It will also improve a tooth’s appearance as they look like enamel and mimic natural teeth. The dentist must remove a portion of your natural tooth enamel to place the crown. Crowns come in different shapes, sizes, and materials, so you have multiple choices.
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A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth with crowns on either side. You will need a dental bridge if you are missing one or multiple teeth in a row. After reducing the natural teeth on either side of the gap, the dentist will bond the bridge to your natural teeth. The artificial teeth will take the place of the missing teeth, and the crowns will be placed over your natural teeth to appear more natural. Dental bridges help to restore your bite, improve your smile, and enhance oral health.
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Dentures are a traditional method of tooth restoration. Dentures are used to restore missing teeth or damaged gum tissue. Partial dentures will replace several missing teeth while full dentures will replace an entire row of missing teeth. Dentures will remedy speech difficulties, improve your smile and restore chewing. Dentures are supported by the jawbone beneath them and the dentist will allow you to choose between different types of dentures depending on your needs.
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Inlays and Onlays
A cavity may be too large for a filling but too small for a crown. In such a case, a restorative dentist will advise you to get an inlay or onlay. They are custom tooth restoration devices that are bonded to your tooth, like adding a piece to a puzzle. Inlays and onlays are permanently fused into place by the dentist. Though inlays and onlays are similar, they have one difference: inlays cover the area between the cusps of your teeth, and an onlay covers only one cusp of the tooth.
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Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implants are another restorative dentistry service and are primarily used to replace missing teeth. You will need dental implants if a tooth is so damaged that its roots must be replaced. The dentist will remove the entire tooth, including the roots, and insert metal posts to act as the root.
The posts are fused to the jawbone, and the gum grows around them. They will then add a tooth-colored crown on the tooth to make it appear like a natural tooth. Dental implants are considered by many to be the highest option for tooth replacement.
Our dentist does dental implant restoration or repair when the implants become loose or are not in good form, particularly the crowns, which can wear out or loosen due to misuse, overuse, grinding and clenching, or normal wear and tear.
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Contact Palo Alto Oral Health if you require the above restorative dentistry services to improve your oral function and health. Call us at (650) 321-9693 to find out more.