Restorative Dentistry in Mukilteo

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a field of dental care focused on repairing the appearance and function of teeth. Treatments may be used to restore teeth damaged from tooth decay, physical trauma, gum disease, and more. Whether it’s a simple dental filling or permanent dental implant, our services provide compassionate care to boost your oral health and give you something to smile about.

Did you know…

Around 25% of American adults over 65 have 8 or fewer teeth. We can help you keep or replace yours.

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Initial Restorative Dentistry Appointment Expectations


We begin your appointment with a thorough examination of your oral health. This includes a visual examination of teeth and gums, a review of your health records, and digital x-rays as necessary. We’ll communicate any findings related to tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and more before designing your treatment plan.

Personalized Treatment Plan

Every patient is unique. That’s why after performing a thorough exam, we’ll take our time to discuss your oral health and design a treatment plan tailored to your personal needs. Your dentist will patiently provide oral health education, and this is a great time to ask any questions and receive approachable guidance from our team.

Options and Alternatives

It’s important to us that every patient has complete peace of mind while they receive the treatment they need. We’ll speak with you to cover all of your options to best meet your oral health needs, budget, and comfort. We’re glad to discuss our comprehensive sedation dentistry options to relax while improving your oral health as well.

Follow-Ups if Necessary

Especially for dental emergencies, we’ll do what we can to ensure treatments are received as soon as possible. If follow-up appointments are necessary, we’ll work with you to schedule out future appointments that meet your schedule and budget for better overall oral health.

Restorative Dentistry Treatments

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings can be used to repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay and other oral health issues. Fillings work by restoring cavities that have worn away the natural enamel of a tooth. The damaged area is reinforced with a durable material that is bonded to the tooth and sculpted to fit a natural bite. There are a variety of materials used for dental fillings, each with their own benefits and best use cases. A few of the most common filling materials are composite resin, metal amalgam, porcelain, glass ionomer cement, and porcelain.

Dental fillings can be applied in a single visit in less than an hour. The dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia if necessary before removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. Once the area is prepared, the filling material is applied to the tooth in layers for effective bonding. The filling is shaped and polished to fit the natural contours of the tooth. This ensures that it will function properly and blend in with the surrounding teeth. With proper care, dental fillings can last for many years and provide a comfortable, functional solution for damaged teeth.

Inlays and Onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are used to repair damage to a tooth that is too extensive to be treated with a filling, but not severe enough to require a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are custom-made dental restorations that fit within or on top of the damaged area of the tooth, respectively. They are typically made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are designed to match the color and shape of the natural tooth. Inlays and onlays can strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay or damage, while also restoring its functionality and appearance.

Placing dental inlays and onlays typically involves two visits. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the damaged tooth by removing any decay or old fillings and taking an impression of the tooth. This impression is used to create a custom-made inlay or onlay in a dental lab. The dentist will place a temporary restoration on the tooth to protect it in the meantime. During the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed, and the permanent inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth using a dental adhesive. The dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments for comfort and functionality. Dental inlays and onlays can last for many years and provide a durable and natural-looking restorative solution.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as tooth caps, are restorative treatments that are used to cover and reinforce a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials and are custom-made to fit over the  tooth. Tooth crowns can improve the appearance of a damaged tooth and restore its function, while also protecting it from further damage.

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the remaining tooth to make room for the crown. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to a dental lab to create a custom-fitted crown. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is bonded to the tooth. The dentist will check the fit and bite of the patient, ready to make any necessary adjustments to ensure the crown is comfortable and functional. Dental crowns can provide years of protection and save natural teeth from further treatment or extraction.


Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are restorative dental treatments that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are typically made of porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials and are custom-made to fit over the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. Bridges are anchored by dental crowns on either side of the missing teeth for a stable and seamless appearance. Bridges can improve the appearance of a patient's smile, restore their ability to chew and speak properly, and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. In addition, bridges can help to maintain the shape of the face and prevent jaw joint disorders.


Full & Partial Dentures

Full and partial dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth. Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made to fit each patient's mouth and are designed to look and function like natural teeth. They can improve a person's ability to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.

The process of getting dentures typically involves several appointments with a dentist. During the first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of the patient's mouth to create a mold. This mold is used to create their custom-made set of dentures. In some cases, the dentist may need to extract any remaining teeth before fitting the dentures. Once the dentures are ready, the dentist will ensure that they fit properly and are comfortable for the patient. With proper care at-home care, they can provide a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.

Did you know…

Delaying restorative care can cause your dental issues to worsen over time.

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Answers to Common Questions about Restorative Dentistry

What problems can restorative dentistry fix?

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Restoration services are varied and flexible to improve the appearance and function of damaged, missing, or decayed teeth. We use long-lasting and effective solutions to enhance teeth that have suffered from tooth decay or physical trauma.

What are the benefits of restorative dentistry?

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Our goal with restorative dentistry is to save your natural teeth with lasting impacts on your overall oral health. Procedures offer pain relief from damaged teeth while reinforcing their structures against further decay and costly procedures. They can also greatly improve the aesthetics of teeth, leaving patients with the confidence to smile proudly.

Are restorative dentistry procedures covered by insurance?

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Your insurance plan is likely to at least partially cover restorative procedures. This depends on your benefits plan and which treatment is needed. We encourage you to reach out to our team for help delving into your insurance provider’s policy to get the most out of your benefits and minimize any out-of-pocket costs.

Are restorative dentistry procedures painful?

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In our practice, we always prioritize patient comfort. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area when necessary for pain-free treatment, and we provide safe sedation dentistry for patients who are especially nervous or sensitive. Our team is here to support you. If you have any concerns, please let us know and we’ll do everything we can to ensure a pleasant experience in our office.

Did you know…

About a quarter of American adults are missing all of their teeth. Restorative dentistry can help you avoid tooth loss altogether.

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