Beverly Hills, CA
Are you experiencing any oral pain? If you are, there could be several different causes or reasons as to why. If you are unsure of the source of your discomfort, our team at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry will work with you to diagnose your pain and find the perfect solution for you. Restorative dentistry encompasses a variety of procedures and treatments that seek to either repair or replace your teeth, restoring comfort and function to your oral health.
Depending on your needs, we can repair your teeth with a filling or a root canal: saving the tooth before extraction would have been necessary. In cases where the tooth is beyond saving, we will extract and replace your tooth with an artificial one by one of several methods. Regardless of what you need, we are here to help you regain your confidence in your day-to-day activities and promote a healthy oral lifestyle.
Different Types Of Restorative Dentistry
What is restorative dentistry and why should I do it? Depending on your personal needs, there are a variety of restorative dentistry procedures available to you. If a tooth can be saved, we will typically advise that you receive a crown or filling, as well as an inlay or onlay under a few circumstances. If your tooth is unsavable, we may recommend dental implants, bridges, or dentures depending on your overall oral health and personal needs and preferences. Although they are each different, they all restore function, eliminate pain, improve your appearance, and help prevent future dental problems from occurring.
When a cavity is formed, it forms a hole in your teeth that will continue to enlarge as the cavity grows. The only solution is to remove the cavity by drilling into your tooth in an attempt to remove all of the bacteria while the tooth can still be saved. In such cases, we perform a dental filling after the cavity is completely removed, using gold, porcelain, silver, or a tooth-colored plastic or glass composite to fill in the gaps left by the cavity and the drilling.
Learn more about tooth colored dental fillings.
Inlays & Onlays
When the cavity is too large for a regular filling, that is when inlays and onlays are used to restore a tooth. Where regular dental fillings are filled with a composite or amalgam, an inlay is a single, solid piece that is sized to fit the specific shape of the cavity. Once it is placed, the inlay is cemented in place to keep it from moving.
Similarly, an inlay is a solid piece shaped to fit the gap or hole in your tooth left by a cavity. However, unlike a filling or inlay that is placed at the center of the tooth, an onlay is placed on the cusp.
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Dental crowns are essentially teeth-shaped caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth, protecting them from further damage and restoring function to them. Crowns are typically used when dental fillings are not enough to solve the problem, and they are made from metals, porcelain, resin, and ceramics. Unlike a dental filling or inlay that is used to cover the gaps left in your tooth by a cavity, to receive a crown, what remains of your tooth needs to be reshaped to accommodate the crown. They can also be placed over dental implants or teeth that have been treated with a root canal.
Discover how a dental crown can be used on a damaged or decayed tooth.
A root canal is a procedure that is done when a cavity has gone deep enough into the tooth to expose the soft pulp. Because it affects the inside of the tooth, during the procedure, we will remove the soft pulp from the inside and rinse out the infecting cavity. Once the inside of the tooth is successfully cleared, we will fill it with a composite that is similar to what is used in a regular dental filling, preserving the tooth and making it so that it can no longer be infected.
Discover how a root canal could save a tooth from being extracted.
In many cases, when a dental filling or a root canal cannot solve the problem, an extraction of the affected tooth becomes necessary. This not only eliminates the pain but also protects the rest of your teeth by preventing the bacteria causing the decay from spreading. Removing the tooth may not seem like an ideal choice, yet it may be necessary in some cases. If you do need to have an extraction of one or more teeth, there are a few options available to you to replace them.
Learn more about tooth extractions and when they are necessary.
Dental Implants are the most popular procedure for replacing missing teeth due to their durability and natural-looking appearance when compared to the alternatives. The implant consists of a titanium screw that is placed directly into your jawbone once your natural roots have been removed. Once they have fused with your jawbone, a crown is placed on top of the implant, completing the procedure and restoring function.
Learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is fused between two crowns holding it in place. The bridge is then held in place by crowns placed over existing teeth that have been reshaped to accommodate the crown or by dental implants. Unlike a dental implant, a bridge only rests above the gums and has no natural or artificial roots to support it.
Read more about how a dental bridge can help if you have a missing tooth.
In cases where you no longer have enough healthy teeth remaining to function effectively, dentures may be your best option. Where implants and bridges target single gaps, which would make replacing an entire set of teeth costly, dentures consist of an entire arch of artificial teeth that are placed over your gums and secured via suction or adhesives. Dentures come in complete, partial and custom sets depending on how many teeth are missing and where.
Depending on the severity of the tooth, you may be able to remove the cavity and fill in the holes or you may have to remove and replace the tooth.
Discover how different types of removable dentures can replace missing teeth.
The benefits of restorative dentistry include regaining function, restoring appearance, and eliminating any pain caused by the decaying tooth. Helping you regain your confidence is our mission, and if you wish to schedule an appointment or speak with one of our dental professionals, our team at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry can be reached today at (310) 707-1577.