One of the core tenets of dentistry is to perfect and protect as many smiles as possible. While many dental techniques focus on prevention and correction, restorative dentistry focuses on repairing damage and decay.
Restorations come in many forms. Some are relatively minor procedures meant to repair the teeth, while others are solutions for a complete replacement.
At the office of Eric L. Fugier, DDS, we take restorations and restorative dentistry seriously. You’ll find our West Hollywood practice to be warm and welcoming, with a skilled and friendly staff. Call or visit today to schedule a consultation.
Fillings are a relatively routine restorative treatment that most people will require at some point in their lives.
When acidic bacteria eat through the hard enamel surface of a tooth, they begin deteriorating the softer dentin underneath. This eventually forms a dental cary, more commonly known as a cavity.
By removing the decayed portion of the tooth, the cavity stops spreading. It is then filled in with a composite resin that not only prevents further damage, but reinforces the structure of the tooth.
When a tooth has suffered severe damage, but the root is still healthy, a crown may be necessary to preserve it. A crown is a beautiful ceramic cap that looks just like a real tooth.
After the tooth is prepared by removing the decayed portions of the structure, the crown is affixed to the tooth with dental cement. This prevents further decay in much the same way that fillings do for cavities.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is one of the last lines of defense against extraction when decay or infection threaten the health of a tooth.
Root canals are connected to the pulp chamber at the hollow center of the tooth, filled with nerve tissue and blood vessels. When infection reaches the pulp, it must be removed before the infection can spread and cause further damage.
An access cavity is created through which the infected pulp is removed. This cavity is then filled with an inert filling before the tooth is capped with a crown.
Fixed bridges are ceramic restorations that can replace up to three missing teeth. These rows of life-like prosthetics are custom-made to match the color and contour of your surrounding dentition.
Bridges are fixed in place using crowns on each end, which act as anchors, connecting the bridge to the surrounding teeth.
Both full and partial dentures are meant to replace several, if not all, of a patient’s teeth. These prosthetics renew oral comfort and bite strength, allowing patients to eat and speak as naturally as anybody else.
Your West Hollywood Dentist
Eric L. Fugier has been practicing dentistry in America for more than 35 years. He now proudly serves West Hollywood and the greater Los Angeles area with top-tier service and beautiful smiles.
To restore and enhance your smile, give our friendly practice a call!