In addition to our general dentistry services, Dr. Lam and our team at TLC Dentistry perform restorative procedures, which help preserve teeth from decay and damage. Restorative dentistry involves removing dead or decayed tooth structure and repairing teeth affected by injury and damage. With a gentle and compassionate approach to restorative dentistry, our patients enjoy renewed oral health and tooth function.
Dental caries (tooth decay) are considered an infectious disease. This is because the bacteria that contributes to decay is transferred orally between people. In fact, tooth decay is so common that nearly 99% of patients will need some form of restorative dentistry in their lifetime to protect teeth from further damage.
Dr. Lam normally addresses small regions of decay with fillings. Made of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings restore teeth to their proper shape and size after decay has been removed. Fillings protect the tooth from further damage and decay while also promoting a stable biting surface for chewing food.
Some patients with more extensive damage will require a dental crown. A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth. These restorations are handmade by dental technicians to restore a tooth to its proper size based on the specifications provided by our dentist. Crowns allow patients to keep their natural tooth while also providing support to neighboring teeth. Restoring the shape and size of teeth after damage is essential to maintaining a healthy bite.
We now offer same day crown repairs. Using the latest in dental technology, our E4D Machine allows us to make crowns the same day, so you don’t have to wait or come back for a second visit.
For patients missing teeth, we also provide dentures. These prosthetics, like crowns, are custom made to fit the mouth of each patient properly. Dentures rest on top and over the gum line and are composed of materials that mimic the appearance of gums and teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth while partial dentures address only sections of missing teeth.
If you are in need of restorative dental work, contact our office to reserve your appointment with our professional dental team.