Restorative Dentistry Specialist

Erick S. Lukman, DMD -  - Dentist

Lukman Dental

Erick S. Lukman, DMD

Dentist located in Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Lukman has many years of experience in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Lukman helps treat patients in the Mission District area to achieve the perfect smile.

Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on treatments used to restore teeth and gums to a healthy state following decay, disease, infection or trauma. Some of the most common restorative procedures include dental fillings, root canal therapy, crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays and onlays, dentures and implants, as well as gum grafting to restore gums that have receded significantly as a result of gum disease.

Why are restorative dental procedures important?

Restorative procedures are very important for maintaining the overall health of your teeth and gums as well as for preventing future disease and other oral health issues. Plus, restoring teeth that have become damaged or lost can help ensure your bite balance isn't altered, which can help you avoid the persistent jaw pain and chronic headaches of tempomandibular joint disorder, a condition that often develops as a result of an uneven or unbalanced bite. And of course, restorative procedures help you feel more confident about the way you look by correcting the aesthetic issues that go hand-in-hand with most types of tooth damage, including decay.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Also called composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings are fillings that are made of very strong resin-based materials and which can be tinted and shaped to blend with your natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings also bond directly with the tooth structure instead of sitting on top of it like traditional metal amalgam fillings, so they can help strengthen teeth reduce the risk of future decay. And of course, unlike metal amalgam fillings, composite fillings contain no mercury.

Is it OK to let a tiny crack or chip go untreated?

No. Even “minor” damages like these represent weak points in the tooth that can let harmful decay-causing bacteria to enter the tooth and can significantly weaken the tooth structure. Any type of damage needs prompt attention to avoid serious issues in the future.