When decay, infection, trauma, or excessive wear-and-tear leave one or more of your teeth weak, broken, or damaged, restorative dentistry can help reestablish normal tooth and bite function. General dentist Caroline Malakuti, DDS, DMD, in Beverly Hills, California, offers a full scope of restorative dental services, from simple fillings and crowns to dental bridges and dentures. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, call Dr. Malakuti to schedule an appointment online today.
Restorative dentistry includes any dental treatment that helps restore full functionality to damaged or week teeth, reestablishes proper bite function, and improves your oral health.
Fillings are the most common offering of restorative dentistry — once decay has been removed, the empty cavity is filled to help restore normal tooth function and shape.
Although there are several dental filling materials available, including gold, silver, porcelain, and amalgam, Dr. Malakuti uses white fillings whenever possible.
White fillings, also known as composite or tooth-colored fillings, are made from a plastic and ceramic compound that’s custom-tinted to match the color of your teeth. Dr. Malakuti only uses BPA-free fillings at her practice.
Because they blend in with your natural teeth, white fillings are the most aesthetically pleasing restorative solution for cavities; composite fillings also bond more easily to the surface of your tooth for maximal strength and durability.
And unlike amalgam fillings, which are made from a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, white fillings are completely nonmetallic.
Excessive decay, wear-and-tear, or trauma often inflict the kind of tooth damage that requires more complex, extensive, or advanced dental restorations.
Restorative dentistry also involves replacing lost teeth or restoring full function and appearance to damaged teeth. Depending on your treatment needs, you may benefit from one or more of the following prosthetic restorations:
Porcelain crowns, or caps, are the gold-standard solution for restoring strength, viability, and appearance to a severely chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. Crowns are also routinely used to address excessively worn, weak, or permanently discolored teeth.
A dental bridge is a restorative solution designed to fill the space created by missing teeth. Made up of one or more artificial teeth, a bridge is cemented into place using your natural teeth on either side for support, thereby “bridging” the gap.
This removable dental appliance can be an ideal solution for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. Complete dentures replace a full set of top or bottom teeth, while partial dentures only replace a few missing teeth.
To find out how you can benefit from restorative dentistry, call Dr. Malakuti today, or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment anytime.