Restorative Dentistry in San Jose, CA

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with repairing and restoring the function, health, and aesthetics of your smile after decay or damage occurs. These procedures can involve a combination of different services, depending on each patient's unique needs. Common restorative treatments include dental crowns and bridges, dental implants, and tooth-colored fillings. At Richard D. Sellen, DDS, our goal is to restore your teeth to their natural state- as beautiful as they were meant to be!

Dental Fillings

Several fillings are available, including amalgam fillings, silver fillings, gold fillings, tooth-colored fillings, composite resin fillings, and porcelain fillings. The dentist may recommend that certain patients get one or more teeth filled to help strengthen their smile and prevent cavities in the future.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is used to restore a tooth that is too damaged to be repaired with a filling or inlay but not damaged enough to require a tooth extraction. Dental crowns are most often used for teeth that have suffered structural damage from severe decay or have broken and are in danger of needing to be extracted.

Dental Bridges

A fixed bridge is a common type of restoration, especially for patients who have lost teeth in their upper or lower arch. Traditional bridges are anchored in place by placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth for support. The benefits of a fixed bridge include restoring the ability to chew and speak normally and preventing the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position. It can also prevent jaw pain and headaches that result from missing teeth.

The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Easier Eating and Chewing

Some restorative procedures, such as dental crowns, bridges, or implants, can make eating more accessible and comfortable. When teeth are worn down or missing, it’s more difficult to chew certain foods. This can lead to poor nutrition and even digestive problems. Restorative dentistry will repair your smile and help you eat a healthier diet. As a result, your overall health will improve as well.

Improved Oral Health

Tooth loss affects more than your appearance. Without all your teeth, the jawbone can shrink, making you look older. The remaining teeth can also shift out of alignment, affecting your ability to chew and speak. Restorative dentistry can improve your oral health and the look of your smile by restoring damaged teeth with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. Replacing missing teeth also helps prevent further tooth loss and can protect the health of your remaining natural teeth. It can also alleviate the stress on your gums and other oral tissues caused by missing teeth.

Contact Dr. Richard Sellen

Our dentists can help determine which restorative dental treatment is proper for you. Contact Richard D. Sellen, DDS, at 1600 Willow St #150, San Jose, CA 95125, or call (408) 264-3133 for the best dental care.