While a great deal of the work we do here at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental is preventive, there are times when prevention fails and more active dental measures need to be taken. Obviously, accidents and other types of trauma can severely damage teeth or even remove them entirely. Very advanced tooth decay and periodontal (gum) problems can also often mean that one or more teeth may require extraction. That’s when restorative dentisty becomes vital.
Types of Restorative Dentistry
- Composite Dental Fillings – The most common of all oral health problems calling for restorative procedures is the garden variety of cavity. Composite dental fillings replace the damaged portion of the tooth, stopping the progression of tooth decay, avoiding tooth aches, gum disease, and worse.
- Dental Inlays and Onlays – These are similar to fillings, but are custom made when a simple filling isn’t sufficient. Onlays differ from inlays in that a portion of them covers the outside of the tooth.
- Root Canal – A dentist’s goal is always to save a tooth whenever possible. Root canals are a means of preserving the root of severely compromised teeth and then adding a dental crown that functions in essentially the same way as a natural tooth.
- Dental Implants – Sometimes teeth are too badly damaged for a root canal and extraction is called for. In those cases, it is important to replace the tooth. Implants are essentially new teeth – complete with roots – that look and perform almost exactly like the real thing. They are preferable to older types of prosthetics not only because of appearance and convenience in comparison to dentures and bridgework, but also because they are the only replacement that actually staves off the bone loss associated with missing teeth.
- Dental Crowns – Crowns are synthetic outer teeth that can cover roots or implants. They can also be used for primarily cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of functional but damaged teeth.
- Dentures and dental bridges – It’s vital to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. In the absence of an implant, this traditional solution to missing teeth is important to ensure proper nutrition, protect general oral health, and avoid the many social and psychological issues associated with having visibly missing teeth.
Need Restorative Dental Care? Want to Avoid Needing Restorative Care?
If you suspect that you have an advanced case of tooth decay, or are experiencing sensitivity, pain, and other warning signs, Dr. Payam Bostani and our entire team are looking forward to helping you get your oral house in order. If you’re looking for a good preventive dentist, we applaud your farsighted wisdom, and definitely want to hear from you.
To get started, contact us now at the phone number above. You can also reach out to us through our contact page.