West Hollywood Dentist

One of the Most Trusted Holistic Dentists in Los Angeles, CA

7865 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 654-2840

With A quarter century experience in dentistry, West Hollywood Holistic and Cosmetic Dentistry offers most dental treatments in one office. Call us today to schedule your free dental consultation.

Types of Restorative Dentistry

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Types of Restorative Dentistry

The focus of restorative dentistry at your Los Angeles holistic dentist is to replace missing or damaged teeth. To be more specific, Bruce Vafa DDS. repairs cavities, provides treatment for oral conditions and treats patients requiring dental repairs due to injury or trauma.

Treatments are incorporated from other dental fields such as periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics. This is important if you require treatment from different specialists. Restorative specialists treat children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Treatment is more frequently necessary with adults and seniors.

  • The purpose is to save your teeth while restoring the natural feel, shape and look of your natural teeth by:
  • Repairing your damaged teeth using a bonding treatment or dental fillings.
  • Using artificial restorations including dentures, bridges or implants to completely replace your missing teeth.
  • Restoration of missing areas of your tooth structure with direct or indirect restoration including fillings, crowns or onlays.

Materials for Restorative Dental

These materials serve as a foundation for the replacement of your tooth structure. They fabricate restorations including crowns, dentures, cavity fillings and implants. The most frequently used materials include:

  • Ceramics
  • Denture Base Resins
  • Polymers
  • Metals
  • Composites
  • Base and noble metals
  • Amalgam alloys
  • Glass Ionomers

Cosmetic vs Restorative Dentistry

Many of the costs and materials are the same for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Restorative is when you require treatment due to disease regardless of whether the procedure results in approved aesthetics. Cosmetic dentistry is performed to improve your self-image and smile.

Examples of cosmetic treatments include teeth whitening and veneers. These are cosmetic treatments because they are elective as opposed to medically required.

Treatment and Procedure Types

Restorative treatments include dentures, crowns, onlays, inlays, bonding, bridges, fillings and bonding.

Dental Implants

When you lose a tooth or have an extraction, your North Hollywood dentist will often use a dental implant as a replacement for your permanent tooth. During your procedure, an implant is placed by a dental specialist into your jawbone as an artificial replacement for the root of your tooth.

The shape of your implant is similar to a screw and will bond with your natural bone. Implant procedures are performed by periodontists and surgeons.


Dentures replace your missing teeth and can be fixed or removable. If you have lost all your teeth due to gum disease or advanced dental decay, Bruce Vafa DDS. usually recommends custom dentures.

The five types of dentures are complete dentures, removable partial dentures, immediate dentures, fixed partial dentures and implant-retained dentures.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are metal or tooth-colored restorations to replace tooth structures resulting from fractures, dental decay and root canals. Crowns work as a full-coverage cap restoring the normal function, shape and size of your tooth.

Prior to receiving a dental crown, specific factors are considered including the location and function of your tooth, positioning of your gums and the coloration of your surrounding teeth.

Dental Bonding

Bonding procedures use tooth-colored fillings of plastic and glass or composite resins to cover discolored teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth and fill cavities or small gaps between your teeth.

Depending on your needs, the available treatments include composite bonding, composite veneer bonding and indirect dental bonding.

Dental Bridges

This full-coverage restoration is for a minimum of three teeth. Two of these teeth are real and necessary for the gap surrounding your missing tooth. Bridges are for extractions, missing teeth and extreme dental decay.

Dental bridges have a faster recovery time than dental bridges and are less expensive. They do not have as natural an appearance and decay and fracture more often.

Onlays and Inlays

Onlays and inlays are gold or partial tooth-colored restorations for the restoration of damaged, missing or smaller areas of your tooth structure. They are constructed of indirect restorative materials and not as invasive as a crown. Repairs are made by dental technicians outside of your mouth.

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