Restorative Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Palmdale, CA

Restorative dentistry treatments can correct lots of issues, from simple defects to more complex problems that have a major effect on your oral health. At Westside Dental Care in Palmdale, CA, Dr. Sarkissian offers patients an array of treatment options using state-of-the-art techniques and materials for optimal outcomes based on each patient's unique needs.

Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry includes all the treatments and procedures used to treat teeth and gums that have been damaged by decay, disease or trauma. Restorative procedures include crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, fillings, root canal therapy, inlays, onlays, and gum treatments, among others.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are fillings that are made of strong composite resins that can be shaped and tinted to look just like the surrounding tooth material. As a result, composite fillings are very difficult to detect, and unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings will not darken over time. Some studies indicate composite fillings may bond better with the tooth surface, making it more difficult for decay to form below the restoration. Once the resin filling is in place, a special light may be used to harden or cure it.

What happens during a root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy is used to treat decay or disease in the deeper interior portion of the tooth called the pulp. When this part of the tooth is damaged, special tools and techniques are used to remove the damaged portion so the cavity can be cleaned and filled. Once the pulp is removed, the tooth can become weakened and more prone to breakage and other damage. For that reason, root canal therapy is typically followed by a crown to help protect the tooth and provide additional strength.

How is a crown applied?

Crown placements usually require two or three dental visits to complete. At the first visit, the tooth will be prepared for the crown, a process that involves removing a small amount of the tooth surface to make room for the crown. An impression will be made of the tooth and sent to the lab where the crown will be made. A temporary crown will usually be placed on the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be placed on the tooth using a very strong bonding agent, then shaped and buffed for a comfortable fit.

Insurance & Cost Information:

The dental health of our patients is our primary goal and we provide several financial options to make dental treatment affordable for our patients so that goal can be met. We accept most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, please bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage. Remember dental insurances are intended to cover part, but not all the cost of your dental care. Also, most insurance plans include patient co-payments, deductibles, and other expenses and treatments that may not be covered. If you have any further questions about financial options please direct them to the front office which will be glad to answer them and work with you to figure out the most affordable way to budget your treatment.

Assurant Health
Blue Cross
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Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
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Delta Dental
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