Restorative Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

Restoring damaged, decayed or diseased teeth or gums is an essential part of maintaining good oral health and maintaining the patient’s own natural teeth throughout the lifetime. Dr. Sarkissian has extensive experience in restorative dentistry, helping patients throughout the Woodland Hills, CA, region address simple and complex issues for oral health.

Restorative Dentistry

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry refers to procedures and treatments used to repair damage to teeth, gums, and surrounding areas of the mouth due to decay, disease, or trauma. Restorative dentistry also restores teeth and gums to optimal health.

What procedures are considered part of restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes repairs such as fillings, crowns, inlays and onlays, as well as dentures, bridges, and implants to replace missing teeth. Gum disease treatments and gum grafting may also be considered restorative treatments.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are fillings made of composite resins, which can be tinted and shaped to match the contours of the teeth for a natural appearance and comfortable fit. Studies suggest composite fillings may bond more strongly with the tooth surface, helping to prevent decay underneath the restoration. Because they can be tinted to match the tooth color, they’re essentially undetectable to anyone other than the dentist, leaving the patient with a more confident smile.

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays are custom-fitted restorations used in teeth with more extensive decay that is too large to be corrected by a filling but not large enough to require a crown. Inlays are used to restore large cavities contained entirely on the chewing surfaces of teeth, while onlays are used to correct cavities that extend down the side of the tooth.

What is the difference between a bridge, a denture, and an implant?

All three can be used to replace missing teeth. A bridge uses a special framework to support one or more artificial teeth, attaching to the teeth on either side of the gap using clips or strong adhesives. Dentures can also be made to replace one or more missing teeth, but they do not attach to other teeth. Instead, they’re held in place with a secure fit combined with temporary bonding agents. An implant is used to replace a single tooth with an artificial tooth that’s anchored to the jawbone. Implants can also be used to anchor a denture or bridge for a more secure fit.

Insurance & Cost Information:

A few words about cost… There is no dentistry more expensive (at any price) than one that you may not need, may not last, or leads to further treatment. That is why the core of our efforts revolve around the most careful and conservative diagnosis with treatment aimed to give you a healthy confident smile for a lifetime. We will listen to your concerns. Make conservative recommendations and offer alternatives. And help you prioritize your care to give you the best possible results. Insurance Information… We are often asked whether we accept a particular dental insurance plan. Our most comprehensive answer is that we accept and help you maximize virtually all traditional PPO dental insurance plans. In other words, as long as you do not have a dental HMO (one where you have been assigned to a particular HMO clinic) and are free to visit a dentist of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of our excellent care. We will gladly process your insurance paperwork for you. Read more…Simply bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage before you come in to see us. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage and help you prioritize your care to receive the most benefit from your plan. In addition to in-office insurance processing, we provide several financial options, including care credit, to make dental treatment affordable for our patients. Finally, many people are unaware of the fact that insurance benefits expire and renew every year whether you use them or not. In other words, allowing your insurance benefits to expire without visiting the dentist is like throwing you money away.

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