Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry requires your dentist to keep your mouth healthy and functioning. The most common procedures are filling cavities (caries), protecting teeth with crowns (caps), and replacing teeth with implants, bridges, partials, or dentures.

Fixed Restorative dentistry-

  • Fillings- white composite or silver amalgam
  • Crowns- full coverage cap to replace lost tooth structure
  • Inlay/Onlay- lab designed ceramic filling
  • Bridge- 3 or more crowns in a row, replacing a missing tooth
  • Implant crown- cap placed on top of an implant  

Emergency Dentistry

To eliminate mouth pain and restore pain-free function.

  • Extraction- removal of a tooth that can not be fixed in any other manner
  • Replacing lost filling, crown/bridge
  • Triage and referrals as needed to specialists


Removable Restorative Dentistry

  • Partial- metal, plastic, or acrylic framework with teeth to replace those missing
  • Denture- replaces all missing teeth of one arch

Cosmetic Dentistry

Focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth with veneers and whitening.

  • Veneer- a thin covering placed over the front of the tooth. Made of composite or ceramic
  • Whitening- Only whitens natural tooth structure. Professional strips to wear at home.

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