Restorative Dentistry in La Jolla, Del Mar, & Pacific Beach
At our practice, we know that no patient is the same, and this applies to their dental needs as well. For this reason, we provide several options for the proper restoration of teeth that have been damaged or lost due to decay, trauma or any number of oral health problems. We can help you find the option that best meets your specific dental needs, for a healthy, restored smile that looks and feels as natural as possible.
What Restorative Dentistry Services Do We Offer?
Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cavities. A composite resin material (matching the color of the natural tooth) is placed in the tooth in order to strengthen its structure and protect it from further decay.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth has become infected, we can often save it from needing extraction by performing root canal treatment. A root canal is used to preserve the natural tooth by removing the infected tooth pulp and nerve. A dental crown is then placed over the treated tooth to prevent further infection and preserve tooth function.
A dental crown is a cap (made of porcelain or another durable material) that is placed over a tooth to strengthen it and cover any aesthetic problems, for a more appealing smile. Dental crowns are used to restore the function and form of teeth that are broken, misshapen, damaged by decay or trauma, or weakened by mercury fillings or root canal treatment. They are also used in treatment with dental implants and bridges.
For patients who are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge can be used to fill in the gap, providing a stronger, more attractive smile. A dental bridge is secured firmly and permanently in the mouth by being attached to crowns placed on adjacent teeth. The placement of a dental bridge is used to resolve problems caused from having missing teeth, including difficulty speaking and chewing, shifting teeth and jaw problems from an uneven bite.
Dental implants are oral appliances that are used for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. A dental implant’s structure includes a metal post or screw that is placed in the jawbone. Once the metal base fuses with the jawbone, it creates a sturdy support system for a replacement tooth that sits on top of the gums. The replacement tooth is matched in color to the surrounding teeth, providing a gap-free, natural-looking smile.
Patients who are missing the majority, or all, of their teeth as a result of aging, decay or trauma often choose to replace them with dentures. Our practice offers both partial and full dentures, based on the amount of teeth being replaced. Full dentures consist of upper and lower dentures, each with a full row of replacement teeth attached to plastic material that resembles gum tissue. A partial denture is a bridge made of a gum-colored plastic with replacement teeth. It fits in the gap left by your missing teeth. Metal clasps are used to secure the partial denture in place; for a fixed partial denture, the metal is fused to your surrounding tooth for a secure, permanent fit. Both full and partial dentures are custom-made to fit your bite, for a comfortable fit.
Trust Us to Restore Your Smile Back to Health
Our full-service practice is known for offering dental solutions that change people’s lives, restoring their ability to laugh, smile, eat and simply enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suffer from missing or damaged teeth, or another oral health problem that gets in the way of your daily life, talk to one of our dental professionals to learn about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.