Restorative Dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on restoring the function of your teeth and other oral structures. While the majority of restorative dentistry involves the repair or replacement of teeth, the overarching goal is to restore the overall health and functionality of the mouth and all its structures, including gum and bone health.
The primary goal of restorative dentistry is to save natural teeth and oral structures whenever possible, and when not possible, to provide alternatives that are fully functional, comfortable, durable, and natural-looking. Common dental treatments that fall under this branch of dentistry include: dental fillings, crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, dental implants, and gum disease treatment.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented onto your natural tooth, resulting in a long-lasting and fully functional tooth restoration! They are an excellent choice of restoration for many types of dental issues, such as:
To strengthen and protect a decayed tooth, e.g. one with decay too large to be repaired by a filling
To restore a badly worn down, chipped, or cracked tooth
To change or restore the shape, size, or color of a tooth
To complete a larger dental restoration, such as a dental implant or bridge
Dental implants are perhaps the most significant dental innovation of our generation! They are designed to mimic the entire structure of our natural teeth, With the highest success rate of all tooth replacement options, implants are the best long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. When properly placed and cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between healthy teeth and a decayed or missing tooth! They are a wonderful restoration option for patients who do not have enough bone structure to support a dental implant, or who do not want to commit to an implant. Bridges are a less costly alternative to replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant, and will still provide a long-lasting restoration to your smile!
At MacArthur Park Dentistry, we often find that even patients who have dentures still have questions about them. We’re here to take the mystery out of all your dental procedures, including dentures.
Dentures are custom-made, removable replacements for missing teeth. If you’ve lost some or even all of your natural teeth, it is important to replace them not only to restore your smile but also for the benefit of your health. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably, and are made to closely resemble your natural smile or even improve it! There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. We also offer implant-supported dentures.
Gum Disease Treatment
In the US today, half of all adults over the age of 30 have some stage of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease leads to loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. And in large part due to the inflammation of the gums and bacterial spread, gum disease has also been linked to numerous other health issues including heart and lung diseases, diabetes, stroke, dementia, and pregnancy complications.
The good news is that gum disease is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. In its early stage, it can usually be reversed simply by brushing and flossing daily and properly, and perhaps a regular cleaning at your dentist’s office. And even in moderate to advanced stages, it can often still be reversed with appropriate dental treatment.