Restorative treatments not only help you maintain oral health but also improve the appearance of your smile. For example, if a tooth has become severely discolored or chipped due to a cavity, we can use porcelain or onlays to cover the tooth and improve its appearance. We remove only a small amount of enamel from the tooth to create room for restoration; thus, the treatment allows us to preserve much of the original tooth structure.
If you are suffering from significant tooth decay, we may recommend dental crowns. These restorations cover the tooth like a cap to strengthen and protect the weakened tooth from further damage. At Raul Ramirez DDS, we also offer bridges to replace missing teeth and dental implant-supported crowns to replace a single missing tooth. We may recommend a dental bridge supported by dental implants to replace several teeth in a row.
Types of Restorative Dentistry Procedures
Various restorative dentistry treatments are available, depending in large part on which tooth or teeth need repair. Fillings can repair small cavities and chips in enamel surfaces, while inlays and onlays can replace more significant portions of damaged teeth. Some crowns can strengthen and protect a weakened tooth, and bridges replace multiple missing teeth in a row. When these procedures are combined with good oral hygiene practices, they can help patients keep their teeth and mouths healthy for extended periods.
We also perform root canal therapy for severe pain caused infections that have reached the dental pulp. Root canals are performed to remove infected pulp tissue from the interior canals of a tooth to prevent the spread of infection and restore oral health. Other advanced dental treatments include dental implants, which help patients replace single or multiple missing teeth, and the surgical extraction of wisdom teeth when they don’t have enough room to emerge properly.
The Benefits of Restorative Dentistry
Fillings in Cavities
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems today. Thankfully, our dentist can treat it with a filling to repair tooth decay and improve health.
Protection Against Further Decay
Placing fillings in your teeth protects them from future damage. This can also help your remaining teeth stay strong and healthy. This is especially important regarding molars, as they withstand much chewing force.
Dental crowns, when placed over severely decayed teeth, require the removal of more enamel than a simple filling. But if the decay is addressed early with a filling, you can retain more of your natural tooth structure while still receiving the benefits from a restoration procedure.
To learn more about our services, visit Raul Ramirez DDS at 2816 Lake Villa Dr, Metairie, LA 70002, or call (504) 885-3255 to schedule a consultation.