When it's too late for preventive care and your smile is already suffering from damage and decay, you can turn to restorative dentistry as a way to regain a beautiful new smile.
Restorative dentistry is a specific field of dentistry focused on restoring the health and function of your smile following tooth damage, tooth decay, or tooth loss. At Capital Esthetics, we offer a number of restorative dental solutions to address your specific issues. Whether you are working with significantly decayed or damaged teeth or missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, we are 100% up to the challenge of creating a strong, balanced, natural-looking smile that will also help to restore your self-confidence.
When you visit our dental studio to consult with Dr. Diane Pham, she will carefully examine your smile in order to provide you with the best possible recommendations for restoration. Some of the various restorative dentistry procedures include:
- Composite Dental Fillings
- Dentures & Partials
- Porcelain Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
A healthy smile will not only give you greater confidence about your appearance, but it will help you to better carry yourself and express yourself through speech, laughter, and even eating. If you would like to learn more about restorative dentistry for a more beautiful and functional smile, please give us a call at our office in Vienna, Va. to book a consultation. We are beyond eager to help you love your smile!
Restorative Treatment Options
Composite Dental Fillings
If your teeth have cavities or other minor flaws, composite dental fillings can restore the strength and appearance of each targeted tooth.
A dental filling is a restoration technique used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (e.g., cavities), or if your tooth shows signs of minor fracturing or chipping. Filling is applied and manipulated to restore the tooth's original structure and function.
The process for placing a filling really only requires one simple visit to our dental studio in downtown Vienna. The process involves Dr. Diane Pham first removing the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then cleaning the tooth to remove all traces of decay. She then fills the tooth with BPA-free filling material, specially chosen to match your tooth color, and expertly shapes it to coordinate it with your bite and the other teeth surrounding it. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, restoring the health and function of your smile with dental fillings may be a prime option for you.
Dentures & Partials
If you need to replace a majority or all of your teeth, you may benefit from a full or partial denture. Dentures not only restore your smile, but also help to support the soft tissues of your mouth, providing structure to your mouth and bringing greater balance to your face.
Dentures are removable oral appliances made to replace multiple missing teeth. There are two kinds of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are meant to replace all of the teeth in the full dental arch. A complete denture may be recommended to replace all of the teeth in both top and bottom arches or just one, depending on your individual needs. Using a denture adhesive is also typically recommended for improved stability of the dentures in the mouth.
A partial denture is meant for those who have multiple teeth missing but still have some natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures often include a thin framework or clasps that attach to the natural teeth for a secure fit.
Your ability to speak clearly and eat properly stand to improve with the use of either type of denture. In addition, dentures can help to restore the natural volume of your face and enhance the overall beauty of your whole smile. Your dentures will be custom made to fit comfortably and securely and enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
Porcelain Dental Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns help to restore the shape, function, and appearance of teeth that have been fractured, have large fillings, or have been damaged by decay.
A dental crown, also called a cap, can be used as a corrective solution for a wide variety of issues. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed.
Crowns are custom made to fit over the entire tooth, flush to the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size or a more preferred shape and size. Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or a porcelain that is fused to metal. At Capital Esthetics, we prefer to use porcelain crowns to give our patients the best results. Porcelain dental crowns are the most popular because they match the color and general appearance of natural teeth. Plus, porcelain is a durable material, made to last for years.
Dentists will recommend porcelain crowns for teeth that are damaged or decayed to the point that a dental filling cannot provide a successful restoration. Crowns can also be used for a number of other restorative and aesthetic purposes:
- To protect a tooth that has received a root canal
- To anchor and attach a dental bridge
- To cover and complete a dental implant
- To enhance the beauty of your smile
- To improve the appearance of a misshapen tooth
- To strengthen a fractured or weakened tooth
- To support a large filling when very little of natural tooth structure remains
Our porcelain crowns are designed to provide you with a beautiful, long-lasting smile restoration that you can enjoy for years to come.
Porcelain Fixed Dental Bridges
If you are missing a single tooth or several teeth in a row, a porcelain dental bridge can be used to close the gap in your smile and restore your bite.
Dental bridges are fixed in your mouth to provide you with a permanent solution for missing teeth—they are non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place by two porcelain dental crowns that have been custom made to fit your smile. These custom crowns are placed on the teeth or dental implants that sit on either side of the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. These crowns are responsible for holding your new artificial teeth in place, ensuring that your restoration will not shift or loosen from normal use.
There are several benefits to restoring a smile with a porcelain dental bridge. A bridge can:
- Restore your ability to speak clearly
- Make it easier to chew and eat foods
- Alleviate excess stress and pressure on your bite
- Improve the natural shape and volume of your face
- Prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting
- Enhance the appearance of your smile
- Replace a removable partial denture for a more permanent solution
It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge, and the results last for several years. If you are interested in restoring the function, beauty, and health of your smile with porcelain fixed dental bridges or another restorative dentistry method, please book a consultation with Dr. Diane Pham. She can talk you through your options.
Root Canal Therapy
When the nerves of your teeth are damaged or infected, it can cause pain and swelling. Dr. Diane Pham offers root canal therapy to remove the source of discomfort and prevent future damage as well as the need for an extraction.
Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, a root canal can be completed in only one or two comfortable visits to our office.
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. Our dentist, along with our entire dental team, works hard to provide you with a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to restoring your smile’s health.