Erick S. Lukman, DMD -  - Dentist

Lukman Dental

Erick S. Lukman, DMD

Dentist located in Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Restorative Dentistry Specialist

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

by Erick S. Lukman, DMD

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.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Highly recommend Dr. Lukman and his crew. Dr. Lukman is very knowledgeable and explains everything in detail. Plus he does braces and Invisalign."

    PJ T.
  • Yelp

    "He's incredibly skilled at what he does, and has a great sense of humor that puts even the most challenging patients at ease."

    Ben K.
  • Yelp

    "They take special care to be very gentle and to explain what they are doing. I also really like that at each step they make sure if I am comfortable."

    Reba N.
  • Yelp

    "I opted to get invisalign (Dr. Lukman also does braces!) I only needed a few adjustments so mine only took a few months. Now my teeth look great!"

    M M.
  • Yelp

    "You won't get a better dentist than Dr. Lukman...his suggestions on future dental care were practical and worthwhile...convenient location and efficient staff too."

    Matthew B.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Lukman and his staff are incredible. They are very friendly and personable. The offices are clean and private...I highly highly recommend them."

    Reba N.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Lukman and his staff are amazing! I had been looking for a great dentist in the city and finally found one. I highly recommend this dental office."

    Liz B.
  • Yelp

    "I've been going to Dr Lukman for a few years now and have always had a good experience. His staff is great and he himself has been very helpful and knowledgeable."

    Fletcher W.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Lukman performs high quality work, and he was very gentle and friendly. My entire experience with him and staff was great. I'll be recommending him to my friends."

    Marion L.
  • Yelp

    "Honest and forthright. Erick gives great personalized service. Staff is welcoming. He was able to accommodate my shifting schedule."

    Amy P.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr Lukman and his assistant were both very kind and patient. They took the time to explain the procedures...Overall, it was a great visit."

    Anthony F.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr Lukman is professional, attentive, polite and very friendly. The staff is extremely friendly and approachable...Highly recommend to anyone needing a new dentist."

    Gary S.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Lukman's office is welcoming, has friendly and professional employees with a sense of humor and they do good work. I highly recommend them to anyone!"

    Leslie T.
  • Yelp

    "This place has treated me as a friend and that's always the best. They make sure you have what you need for your teeth to feel and look better."

    Lakes B.
Location
Lukman Dental
2480 Mission Street, Suite 325
Mission District

San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415-373-6772
Fax: 415-285-7755
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415-373-6772