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Restorative Dentistry

Every day of your life, your teeth must endure extreme conditions: temperature fluctuations, crushing pressure, and an onslaught from 600 different bacteria. Over time, one or more of your teeth may develop a cavity, chip, crack, or internal infection. Furthermore, your gums are susceptible to disease caused by plaque and calculus (tartar) buildup. Even if you brush and floss diligently, at some point, you’re likely to need restorative dentistry – a crown, filling, root canal, deep cleaning, etc.

 

Restorative Dentistry

Your Smile Can Last a Lifetime
The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is with twice-a-day brushing, once-a-day flossing, and every-six-months checkups and cleanings. At your checkup, Dr. Parham and our team will look for signs of potential or existing dental problems. If the doctor recommends restorative dental care, don’t postpone treatment. Dental infections and damage don’t heal without professional intervention. Dr. Parham takes a conservative approach to restorative dentistry. He uses aesthetic materials, contemporary technology, and minimally invasive procedures whenever appropriate. Our accommodating team wants to partner with you in building a future filled with smiles.

Common Questions

Your teeth may be damaged by any number of factors, such as facial trauma or decay. Even something as simple as biting down on an unexpectedly hard piece of food can cause a chip or a crack to develop in your tooth. Not only do such defects detract from your smile’s appearance, but they can also give oral bacteria the opportunity to infiltrate the innermost structures of your tooth, where they have the potential to cause infections that can put your entire tooth at risk and even adversely affect your overall health if they spread elsewhere in the body.

The category of restorative dental procedures includes interventions designed to repair damage suffered on the surface of a tooth, such as fillings, dental bonding, onlays and inlays, porcelain veneers and crowns. Other restorative interventions will be more involved, such as root canals to remove infected pulp or pulp that is at risk for infection because it is exposed to the oral cavity. Deep cleanings to reverse gum disease can also fall under the umbrella of restorative dentistry.

Minor restorative dental work encompasses the treatments that are less invasive, such as fillings and dental bonding. These interventions typically require minimal alteration of the tooth and can be completed within an hour or two in your dentist’s office.

A restorative crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed on top of a biological tooth in cases of substantial decay that is too large to be addressed with a more conservative filling. Crowns are also placed to protect teeth that are more vulnerable to breakage following root canal therapy.

Restorative crowns may be made of a variety of materials including porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal and ceramics. Before placing a restorative crown, a dentist will remove a certain amount of enamel from the tooth in order to make room for the crown. Then the crown is placed and attached to the tooth using a strong dental bonding agent. Restorative crowns can be customized to blend in with the rest of the patient’s smile and minimize an artificial appearance.

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Our practice is committed to provide a full range of preventive and cosmetic options to help you achieve a cleaner, healthier, more attractive smile. We'll work with you to determine the best course of treatment, the most convenient scheduling and the most appropriate financial arrangements. We pride ourselves on making dental visits a positive, pleasant experience for everyone. Servicing Downtown Fort Worth and the TCU Area.

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