Restorative Dentistry In Santee

What is restorative dentistry?

The goal of restorative dentistry is to restore the beauty, function and health of your mouth by repairing broken or damaged teeth, giving you a confident smile with treatments such as cavity fillings, dental bridges and dentures.

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Did you know…

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The longer you leave dental issues untreated, the more costly and
severe they can become.

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The Five Steps of Your First Restorative Appointment

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Comprehensive Exam

First, we examine your teeth to determine whether the condition of your mouth will require restorative treatment. We may need to take x-rays to see exactly what issues are there and how best can treat them.

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Your Treatment Plan

Once we’ve examined you and diagnosed any dental issues, we determine what your treatment should be and map out a treatment plan customized to your needs.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS

Since dental problems can have many different treatment options, your treatment plan will be made to fit your unique needs. We’ll go through your treatment options in depth to make sure you get what’s best for your needs, lifestyle and budget. Some typical options to restore and replace missing teeth are dental implants, dentures and dental bridges.

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Sedation OPTIONS

When it comes time for your treatment, we make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be by offering sedation dentistry so that you have a more relaxing experience. We will discuss your sedation options beforehand to find what fits you best.

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YOUR FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you’ll need care as soon as possible – possibly even same-day treatment. However, if your dental issues are not an emergency case, we’ll schedule your follow-up appointment for after your first visit. Before you leave your appointment, we make sure to set a day and time that works best to fit your life.

Restorative Treatment Options

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are the best method to use for treating decayed teeth and filling cavities. It’s important to address any cavities you may have in a timely fashion, as untreated cavities could eventually require root canal therapy and/or a dental crown to be placed. The treatment involves use of a drill to remove decay or damage to your tooth enamel, after which were store the structure and look of your tooth with tooth-colored dental resin or metal amalgam.

Lab-Made Crowns

With lab-made crowns, we can restore damaged teeth in just a couple of appointments. Created by a dental technician working in a trusted third-party dental lab, these crowns will cover the entire tooth down to the gum line, creating a sturdy, beautiful surface.

During your first crown appointment, we turn your damaged tooth into a strong platform that will allow us to affix the new crown. The first step is to shape your tooth to clear away any damaged surfaces. Then, using either dental trays and putty or a digital scanner, we take impressions of your tooth. Finally, we affix a temporary crown as a placeholder for the new crown.

After your first appointment, we send your dental impressions to our trusted dental lab, where technicians will use high-quality ceramic or porcelain to create your new crown. When your crown is ready, you’ll come in for your second appointment so that we can attach the new permanent crown to your tooth.

Dental Bridges

“Bridging” the space where a natural tooth used to be, a dental bridge is created by using two dental crowns to hold a pontic (false tooth) in place of the missing tooth, sometimes including a metal appliance to help attach the false tooth to the crowns.  Our dental bridges can last for years, helping to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting over that time.

Root Canal Therapy

If you accidentally crack a tooth or have severe tooth decay, the sensitive pulp inside your tooth and root canals can be exposed to oral bacteria, resulting in infection of the tooth. Root canal therapy is the best way to treat this kind of tooth infection.

Root canal therapy can be done in a few steps. First, we clean your teeth and apply anesthetic. Once you’re numb, we access and remove decay from the interior of your tooth, cleaning it all the way down to the roots. Then to make sure your tooth keeps its integrity and structure, we fill it with a strong, inert material. Finally, to restore the look and strength of your tooth and to protect it, we affix either a dental filling or a dental crown.

Full & Partial Dentures

Dentures are an affordable, convenient way to restore your smile, improve your self-confidence and allow you to eat, speak and smile as you normally would. Depending on the state of your existing teeth, we provide either partial or full dentures, and typically the creation process is not a long one.

If you need one or multiple teeth replaced, partial dentures can be a good option. Partials use a metal and plastic framework that clips onto your remaining healthy teeth, holding the false teeth in place. If you’ve lost most or all of your natural teeth, or if you have more serious dental health problems, full dentures may be needed. These can replace an entire upper or lower arch of your teeth, or even both arches, and they fit snugly on your gums. To have a full set of dentures fitted, it’s necessary to extract all remaining teeth.

Did you know…

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3 million Americans have replaced missing teeth with dental implants

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Have questions about restorative dentistry? Find answers here.

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What Kinds of dental problems can be solved by restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry can help you save money, avoid future dental complications, and look and feel better. Right away, the appearance and functionality of your smile can be improved, giving more confidence and better quality of life. Over time, restorative treatment can give you lasting relief from pain and discomfort. And because dental issues can become serious if missing or damaged teeth are left untreated, restorative dental care helps you avoid bigger problems – and the more costly treatment options that come with them.

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What are the benefits of restorative dental care?

By following through with a necessary restorative dental treatment, patients can avoid future complications and more costly treatment options. More serious dental issues can progress if damaged or missing teeth are left untreated. By getting the care you need right away, you can save time and money in the long run. You’ll also enjoy lasting relief from pain and discomfort, all while regaining your natural functionality. Plus, restorative dental treatment significantly improves the appearance of your smile. You can have a pleasing, natural grin and a boost of confidence by restoring your missing or damaged teeth.

When is restorative treatment Considered a dental emergency?

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A dental emergency can include damaged or broken teeth, loose or lost dental work or appliances, or even a severe and prolonged toothache. You may require emergency restorative care if you are having any dental health issue that comes with bleeding, serious pain or oral discomfort. If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us right away – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Does Insurance cover my restorative dentistry?

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Depending on your insurer your dental coverage will vary, but most insurances will cover restorative treatment. Sometimes the extent of coverage is up to the insurance company – for example, your dental insurance provider might offer coverage for dental crowns and bridges but might not cover dental implants. The best thing to do is to contact your insurance so that they can help you completely understand your coverage and options.

Did you know…

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Roughly one out of four American adults are missing all of their teeth. But with restorative care options, tooth loss can be prevented!

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