Restorative Dentistry

Teeth damaged due to decay or dental trauma require professional treatments to restore their function, strength, and appearance. The hometown dentists in Half Moon Bay provide fillings, inlays, onlays, and other restorative treatments to improve the condition of your teeth.

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What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes any treatment that restores function to or replaces missing or damaged teeth. The most common restorative procedures are fillings, crowns, and bridges. But at Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, we want to provide our patients with options. Other restorative treatments we offer include the following:

Inlays
Onlays
Dental implants

Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby are also experienced at completing smile makeovers, which combine restorative and cosmetic treatments to enhance your smile.

Benefits of Restorative Dentistry

Visiting Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry for restorative dental work has multiple benefits, making them some of our office's most commonly performed procedures. These treatments could bring you the following benefits:

Restoring function, allowing you to eat and talk more comfortably
Eliminating pain related to an infected or severely damaged tooth
Preventing your jawbone from weakening and deteriorating
Reducing the risk of an oral health problem worsening
Improving your appearance and giving you a more confident smile

Delaying restorative treatment could result in a tooth that cannot be saved, requiring extraction and replacement.

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Half Moon Bay Restorative Dental Procedures

Missing or broken teeth can affect your health and your appearance. Your Half Moon Bay dentist will discuss your treatment options so you can decide the best course of action to restore your smile.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is often the best way to restore a broken or severely decayed tooth, which can be unsightly and embarrassing. This tooth substitute fits over a prepared surface to strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure.

At Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, we use advanced technology to prepare your tooth and make your crown on the same day.

Dental Inlay

A dental inlay is a restoration similar to a filling, with a few notable differences. After removing the decay, we place the dental filling material directly into the tooth and harden it with a special light. We then create the inlay, which gives us more options for the restoration.

Inlays are placed inside the tooth. They can be made from gold or porcelain, making them more durable and longer-lasting than a traditional filling. An inlay can be fabricated using tooth-colored material to seamlessly blend with your natural tooth. Most of our patients prefer porcelain as an ideal material for inlays.

Dental Fillings

A dental filling is the most common way to treat a tooth with a cavity. We'll remove decayed tissue and replace the tooth structure with a natural-looking, tooth-colored dental material called composite resin.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth with a crown on each end to anchor it in place. An artificial tooth called a pontic connects the crowns to fill the gap created by the missing tooth.

This restoration acts like your natural tooth. It prevents your other teeth from shifting out of place, maintains the shape of your face, and helps you speak and chew properly.

Dental Onlay

A dental onlay replaces the outer layer of a broken or chipped tooth. Unlike a crown, it doesn't cover the entire tooth, making it a less extensive treatment option. We'll prepare the tooth and remove decay before placing the onlay, but more of the organic tooth structure remains intact compared to a crown.

Like an inlay, this restoration can be created using tooth-colored material.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are commonly used to restore a smile when teeth are missing or unable to support and retain a crown or dentures. An implant is a titanium post inserted into the bone, mimicking the root of your tooth. Not everyone qualifies for dental implants because the jawbone must have adequate bone structure.

At Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, we use a CBCT cone beam with 3D imaging to create a detailed image of your bone structure and determine whether there is enough bone to support the implants.

After placement, a healing period is required so the metal post can integrate with your bone. Once it’s ready, a dental crown will be placed on the implant to replace the missing tooth.

Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is just what it sounds like! We use a combination of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to restore the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Smile makeovers correct uneven, chipped, stained, or misaligned teeth with fillings, crowns & bridges, and dental implants. They may also include teeth whitening.

Misshapen and crooked teeth or large spaces in the mouth can affect how you speak and make it harder to eat. Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby enjoy seeing the difference they make in so many patients’ lives, and they can do this for you by creating a unique treatment plan that meets your needs.

Location & Hours

Half Moon Bay

780 Purissima St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2156
Monday
8:30 - 5:00
Tuesday
8:30 - 5:00
Wednesday
8:30 - 5:00
Thursday
8:00 - 2:00
Friday & Saturday
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