Restorative Dentistry in Tyler

If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth in Tyler, TX, Prime Dental is here for you. Dr. Vishal Kulkarni (Dr. V) has years of experience, and our team offers a full suite of restorative dentistry treatments in Tyler.

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Restorative Dentistry in Tyler

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is concerned with repairing damaged teeth, replacing missing teeth, and restoring your smile. With restorative dentistry from Prime Dental, you can restore the natural appearance and functionality of your teeth after dental trauma or oral health problems like cavities, tooth infections, gum disease, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, explore your options, and take the first steps toward restoring your smile.

Restorative Dentistry at Prime Dental in Tyler

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Dental issues can become more severe and costly the longer you wait to treat them.

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Type of Restorative Dentistry

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are the best way to repair decayed teeth. If you have one or more cavities, Dr. V will typically recommend composite fillings. These fillings are made from a durable, strong, and natural-looking blend of dental resin and glass particles. With a filling, you can halt the progression of tooth decay, restore your smile, and treat tooth sensitivity.

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Root Canal Therapy

With a root canal, you can save an infected tooth. Tooth infections are typically either caused by extensive, untreated tooth decay that damages the outer layer of a tooth, or by dental trauma that seriously cracks or damages a tooth. In this procedure, Dr. V will open up your tooth, clean out the inside, fill up the tooth, and cover it with a dental crown. This treats the infection, preserves your tooth, and also eliminates painful toothaches.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns or “caps” are tooth-shaped shells of porcelain. They are designed to fit over your natural tooth, replacing it all the way down to your gum line. Porcelain dental crowns are matched to the color of your teeth, and they look, feel, and function just like a “real” tooth. Crowns are usually recommended to treat deep cavities, to repair cracked and damaged teeth, and to protect teeth after root canal therapy.

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Dental Bridges

A dental bridge uses two crowns that attach to healthy “abutment teeth” on either side of a gap in your smile. Between these crowns, one or more “pontics” (false teeth) are suspended, “bridging” the gap. Bridges are usually used to treat a row of 1-2 missing teeth. They're a convenient and natural-looking option for anyone who is missing one or more of their natural teeth.

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Dentures are a very cost-effective way to replace your missing teeth. Partial dentures are built to replace several missing teeth, and consist of multiple false teeth that are built into a metal and plastic framework. This framework snaps onto your remaining teeth, holding your partial dentures in place.

Full dentures are a bit different. They replace the upper, lower, or both rows of teeth with a full set of natural-looking, functional false teeth. Full dentures require you to have all of your remaining teeth extracted, even if they're healthy. Because of this, they are usually only recommended if you have extensive oral health issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions

That depends on a few factors—first, your health. Restorative procedures can be complicated, so people with certain health conditions may not be great candidates if they have difficulty tolerating dental treatment. If you have concerns about your health, it's always a good idea to contact your dentist.

Your oral anatomy is another factor affecting whether restorative dentistry is an option for you. For example, if the damage to your teeth is too severe or has led to bone loss, restorative treatments might not be ideal.

The good news is that modern dentistry makes it possible to do almost all treatments without pain, using various types of anesthesia and sedation.

At Prime Dental + Vishal Kulkarni, we use a variety of pain-free treatment options for restorative dentistry, including:

  • Local anesthetics
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oral sedation medications

No matter which type of anesthesia or sedation you choose, you can rest assured that you'll be comfortable throughout your entire procedure.

That depends on the type of dental restoration you get, but most of them generally last for many years. For example, a metal crown may last about 10 to 15 years, while porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns last around five to seven years. Gold crowns can last even longer—almost 20 to 25 years!

With regular checkups and good oral hygiene habits, your dental restorations can last even longer. This also helps prevent decay and other potentially severe issues developing around the restoration. Dr. Kulkarni and the team at Prime Dental can help you determine the best course of action for keeping your restorations in excellent condition to last as long as possible.

Restorative dentistry focuses on the restoration of a patient’s teeth. On the other hand, cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the aesthetics of a patient’s smile, such as whitening or closing gaps between teeth.

Restorative dentistry addresses problems or damage to a tooth caused by cavities, decay, trauma, infection, and even worn teeth from aging. Once these issues are fixed with restorative treatments, patients can opt for cosmetic dentistry if they’d like to improve the look of their smile.

Most professional dentists like Dr. Vishal have a few essential keys to quality and safety in dental restorations. They include:

  1. Materials

A professional dentist uses safe, high-quality materials that last a long time. They use products approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) for safety and effectiveness.

  1. Technologies

Dentists rely on the latest technological advances for dental restoration work, including digital imaging, 3D radiography, and laser dentistry. By using these tools, Dr. Kulkarni provides improved accuracy for diagnosis, treatment planning, and dental restoration procedure.

If your child has any damage to their teeth due to cavities, chips, or other problems, restorative dentistry can help restore the functionality and esthetics of their teeth.

Dr. Vishal Kulkarni and the team at Prime Dental can restore your child’s smile to its former glory through a range of restorative services. This includes fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, and root canals - all solutions tailored to your child’s needs.

Most dental insurance policies offer at least partial coverage for some common restorative dentistry treatments like root canals and dentures. However, this varies depending on your policy and your insurer. We recommend consulting with your insurer or your policy directly to check your coverage.

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