Restorative Dentistry in Wesley Chapel
Dr. Luz provides restorative dentistry in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call 813-994-8999 to schedule an appointment.
The right restorative procedures at the right time can reduce the need for additional dental work in the future.
Restorative procedures help protect both oral health and overall health while improving the appearance of the patient’s smile. Being able to properly chew food and having correct bite alignment affect a patient's health in ways that go beyond just a smile.
When you get a cavity, you need a filling to restore your tooth’s structure. Dr. Hernandez offers color-matched fillings that make your tooth look good as new.
Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling but enough tooth structure left that a full crown is not needed. Inlays/onlays are made of porcelain or gold, and they aesthetically and functionally replace the missing tooth structure.
Crowns are custom-designed covers for a tooth that strengthens it. Using digital technology, Dr. Hernandez can make your crown identical to the original tooth in shape and color. She also designs crowns to attach to dental implants.
Bridges are dental appliances for one or two missing teeth in a row. They consist of crowns for teeth on either side of the gap and a new false tooth to fill the gap.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are composed of three pieces: a small screw made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, an abutment which connects the screw and the final restoration, and the final restoration. The screw, which is placed in the jawbone, acts as a replacement for the tooth root, providing a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The screw begins to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, the abutment is inserted into the screw to allow for the permanent attachment of the restoration.