Studies have shown that smiling more can boost your confidence and helps you stay positive. But what if you don’t like your smile due to tooth decay, missing teeth, or dental trauma? This is where restorative dentistry can help. 

Restorative dentistry is a treatment method that focuses on repairing or restoring damaged teeth while preserving aesthetics and function. Procedures can include fillings, bridges, dentures, crowns, veneers, and dental implants. Patients enjoy this method of treatment because:

  • It utilizes and maintains their natural teeth,
  • It prevents tooth movement, and
  • It restores the natural look of their smile.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental restorations are an important part of your oral health because it removes decay and helps prevent plaque build-up. It also helps restore the surface area needed for chewing if you have missing teeth while maintaining proper tooth alignment.

If you are already familiar with restorative treatment, then you know that it can:

  • Eliminate dental discomfort. Pain is sometimes associated with tooth decay which manifests itself in the form of a cavity. Because this affects the internal integrity of the tooth, if left unchecked, it could lead to more serious infection and pain. By removing the decay with a drill, the filling material that is then deposited can protect the remaining portion of the tooth and allow normal function to resume, pain-free. 
  • Provide a long-lasting solution: Severe tooth decay, a cracked or a damaged tooth, may warrant a crown. The durability and strength of ceramic and porcelain crowns not only protect the existing tooth, but they also preserve the structure of the tooth so that normal eating functions can be enjoyed for years to come. 
  • Improve dental appearance: Sometimes when people choose dentures, their face can have a sunken-in appearance because the denture doesn’t encourage regrowth of critical tissue, therefore causing jaw regression. With dental implants, growth is stimulated in the jawbone and as a result, you avoid the sunken-in appearance. They will look and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Restore Oral Health: All restorative dental procedures aim to improve overall oral health. Whether there is decay, missing, cracked, or broken teeth, each treatment option supports the wellness of the oral cavity.
  • Support Tooth Structure: Restorative dentistry aims at improving your oral health. When you experience decay, fractured or miss a tooth, your remaining teeth and jaw can be negatively affected.  Sometimes, fillings, crowns and implants or a combination of them, are needed to support the your remaining smile and jawbone. 

A Description of Procedures Offered

  • Direct

Direct restorations are accomplished in a single visit. These may include traditional silver amalgam fillings and white (composite bonded) fillings.  These fillings are typically used to fix or restore small to medium sized cavities or fractured tooth structure.  Our dental team will assist you in determining which direct restoration is best for your situation. 

  • Indirect

Indirect procedures involve customized tooth replacements for your teeth.  This includes commonly known restorations like crowns, caps, inlays, onlays and veneers. These are typically fabricated and customized in a laboratory setting and require at least 2 visits with our dentist and team.  The materials vary from gold, porcelain and zirconia.  Again, our dental team and doctor will assist in helping determine which material is best for your unique situation. 

Final Thought

Dental restoration has never been this easy given the enhancements of machines and expertise by dental personnel. At Epic Family Dental, you will get a personalized restorative recommendations and care throughout the process.  

Call us today to book your appointment in our state of the art, San Clemente office.  You are a phone call away from your best smile!