Besides impacting how confident you feel about your smile, your oral health also has a direct effect on your overall health.
Restorative dentistry involves eliminating tooth sensitivity, filling and capping cavities, and placing crowns, among other things. The goal of restorative dentistry is to repair or replace your teeth, which allows you to chew and bite comfortably.
Dr. Boulos will discuss the personalized treatment options you need to restore both your smile and your confidence. If you are in pain or think you have a cavity, you can make an appointment today by calling Infinite Smiles in South Bay at (310) 792-0049.
Composites: Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings are ideal for small areas of tooth decay or cavities. Unlike silver fillings, they look natural and blend in with the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are directly bonded to your teeth, and the procedure can typically be accomplished in one visit.
Tooth Crowns or “Caps”
What is a dental crown? A crown is a cap that covers the visible portion of the tooth to protect the remaining tooth structure. Severe tooth decay is the most common reason for a crown. A large filling or cavity causes the tooth to weaken, be more brittle, or more prone to fracture. Dr. Boulos will recommend a crown in these cases. You may also need a crown as the last step of root canal therapy to protect and strengthen your tooth.
Onlays and Inlays
When a cavity or a fracture goes deeper and wider, a filling is not an effective option. At this point, most dentists recommend a full coverage dental crown. However, a crown may be too aggressive because it removes healthy tooth structure. Dr. Boulos has an alternative treatment, which is dental inlays or onlays.
Inlays and onlays are lab fabricated, custom pieces of ceramic porcelain that are bonded to the tooth structure.
An inlay covers the grooves and valleys of the tooth, while an onlay covers the cusps, or biting edges of teeth, to restore broken or decayed enamel, much like a dental filling. Inlays and onlays do not cover the whole tooth. This is an excellent treatment option when a filling is not enough, but your tooth doesn't need a crown.
How Much Do Restorative Procedures Cost?
The cost of restorative dentistry in South Bay depends on your specific needs. Our team of competent financial coordinators will help you understand the cost before your treatment. We accept most insurance plans and will work with you to maximize your benefits. We also offer financing and payment options, including CareCredit.
At Infinite Smiles, we provide high-quality restorative dentistry to patients all over the South Bay, including Torrance, the Beach Cities, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. Call us at (310) 792-0049 to make your consultation appointment with Dr. Boulos and discuss your concerns.