Plano Dental Excellence
Wayne Ku, DDS
Dentist located in Plano, TX
Natural teeth can suffer from decay, disease, and injury, but even if your dental problems affect your entire mouth, there’s hope in the form of restorative dentistry. At Plano Dental Excellence in Plano, Texas, experienced dentist Wayne Ku, DDS, fixes and replaces damaged and missing teeth using restorative dentistry procedures, including implants, crowns, and bridges. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Restorative Dentistry Q & A
What is restorative dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that focuses on restoring the function and appearance of your teeth. Restorative dentistry can help if your teeth are damaged or missing, whether from decay, trauma, injury, or disease.
Missing and damaged teeth can cause significant discomfort, affect your appearance, and make it difficult to chew food or speak normally. Thankfully, restorative dentistry offers solutions for most dental problems, whether they affect just one tooth or your whole mouth. Dr. Ku can perform restorative work that looks and functions just like natural teeth.
The potential benefits of restorative dentistry include:
- Improving your appearance
- Replacing missing teeth
- Filling gaps
- Saving teeth in danger of falling out
- Improving outdated or failing dental work
- Helping you eat and talk normally
- Correcting alignment issues, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
Dr. Ku works with you to create a restorative-dentistry treatment plan that’s customized to fit your dental health needs and your budget.
What restorative dentistry procedures are available?
Dr. Ku is experienced in traditional and modern restorative dentistry procedures. Depending on your case, he may recommend:
An implant is a metal post that fits into your jawbone and acts as a root for an artificial replacement tooth, or crown. Implants are the most natural-looking and feeling option for replacing missing and damaged teeth.
A crown is a cap that fits over and covers a damaged, weakened, or decayed tooth. Crowns protect and restore the appearance and function of compromised teeth.
A bridge is a dental appliance that includes an artificial tooth and ceramic crowns that use the surrounding teeth for support, “bridging the gap.” Dr. Ku may combine bridges with crowns and implants if you have multiple missing teeth.
If you have a cavity, Dr. Ku places fillings. The procedure for a filling involves removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling the resulting space with a durable material. Dr. Ku can provide composite resin fillings that blend in with your teeth.
Depending on your needs, preferences, and budget, Dr. Ku may recommend a combination of these procedures.
How is restorative dentistry different from cosmetic dentistry?
Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are two distinct but related disciplines. Both restorative and cosmetic dentistry involve fixing or replacing damaged and missing teeth.
The key difference is that restorative dentistry is more focused with function, and cosmetic dentistry is more concerned with appearance. Cosmetic dentistry procedures may be voluntary and elective, but restorative procedures are necessary to your oral health.
Dr. Ku is experienced in cosmetic dentistry, and he makes sure his restorative work looks great, in addition to improving the function of your teeth. He uses the latest techniques in restorative dentistry for natural-looking results and listens to your concerns about how your teeth will look after your procedure.
In addition to improving your oral health, Dr. Ku wants you to enjoy a better quality of life overall. He’s aware that your appearance can affect your self-esteem and overall well-being.
To learn how restorative dentistry can change your life, call the office of Plano Dental Excellence or use the online booking tool today.