Restoring Damaged Smiles
If you have chipped, cracked, broken or missing teeth, Dr. Tadros offers solutions to fit your needs and budget. As the name suggests, restorative dentistry is about restoring your smile to full health so you can eat and smile with confidence. Our restorative procedures include:
Restorative Dental Crowns & Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface and restores it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings, onlays or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns are the most popular, and they can be created during a single visit using computerized CEREC® technology right in our office. This allows Dr. Tadros to create the crown and then place it the same day. It eliminates the need for goopy impressions and temporary crowns, which also eliminates the need for follow-up visits.
The traditional fixed dental bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. The bridge consists of two crowns that cover two anchoring adjacent teeth and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper care and maintenance.
Dental Implants & Natural Restorations Replace Missing Teeth
There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth. A gap between your teeth, if obvious when you smile or speak, is a cosmetic concern. Depending on their location, some missing teeth may affect your speech. A missing molar might not be noticeable when you talk or smile, but its absence can also affect chewing. When a tooth is missing, the biting force on the remaining teeth begins to change. As the bite changes to compensate for the lost tooth, there is a risk of extra pressure and discomfort in the jaw joints. If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift, too. Harmful plaque and tartar can collect in the new, hard-to-reach places created by the shifting teeth. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth. Implants look and feel like healthy natural teeth. Unlike dental crowns and bridges, dental implants do not require the alteration of adjacent teeth in most cases. The implant restoration steps begin after your gums have healed and the bone has tightened around the implant, typically made from titanium. Once the tissues around your new dental implant are fully healed in place, Dr. Tadros will create a dental crown and use a metal post, or “abutment,” to connect the crown to the implant. Due to the variety of treatment options and expanding dental insurance coverage in this area, dental implants are a more realistic option than ever before.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
As a less costly alternative to dental implants, we use complete and partial dentures. We use complete dentures when all of the teeth are missing and partial dentures when some of the natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures can fill spaces created by missing teeth and prevent remaining teeth from shifting.
Get high-quality restorative dental care you can trust. Call Tadros Dental Care at 925.462.1464. Or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to reserve your consultation. Our restorative dentistry patients come to us from the Alameda County and Tri-Valley area, including Tracy, San Francisco, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, CA and nearby locations.