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Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Richard L. Sherman provides numerous restorative dentistry options, including dental implants, bridges, and porcelain dental crowns, to fully restore oral functioning for patients from La Jolla, Del Mar, and nearby areas who have missing or damaged teeth. A talented and experienced restorative dentist, Dr. Sherman can solve almost any dental problem, and is able to combine several treatments for a full mouth reconstruction. Whether you need treatment for a damaged tooth or for a more complex problem, Dr. Sherman can help.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorative options. A dentist can use a crown to hold together and protect a broken tooth, anchor a dental bridge, cover a dental implant; encase a tooth after root canal therapy; and correct other problems. Dr. Sherman provides beautiful porcelain dental crowns for residents of Del Mar and surrounding areas. Porcelain crowns look quite natural since they are custom-designed to match the surrounding teeth.

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Placement of Dental Crowns

The placement process for dental crowns typically requires two visits to our La Jolla office. During the first visit, Dr. Sherman administers a local anesthetic. He then prepares the tooth for the crown by carefully removing any damaged areas and reshaping the tooth as necessary.. Next, he takes an impression of the tooth, which he sends to the dental laboratory that will craft the dental crown. Finally, he applies a temporary crown that the patient will wear until the permanent version is ready – typically about one to two weeks. When the permanent crown is ready, the patient returns to our office for the second visit. In this visit, Dr. Sherman begins by applying a local anesthetic. He then gently removes the temporary crown. Next, he places the permanent crown by adhering it to the tooth with dental cement. He adjusts it to fit comfortably with the bite and surrounding teeth. The resulting restoration looks and feels natural and can last for years with proper upkeep.

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Porcelain Dental Bridges

Torrey Pines Dental Arts provides porcelain dental bridges as a less-expensive, non-invasive alternative to dental implants, making them one of the more common solutions for missing teeth. Dental bridges are used to anchor an artificial tooth in the gap left by a missing tooth. The bridge itself is anchored to dental crowns placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Residents of La Jolla, Del Mar, and the greater San Diego area can receive attractive, long-lasting restorations with dental bridges at Torrey Pines Dental Arts. Dr. Richard Sherman has years of experience in restorative dentistry and uses premium dental materials.

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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are an alternative to fillings for teeth with significant decay but with otherwise healthy tooth structure. Unlike fillings, which are applied and then cured, inlays and onlays are crafted in a dental laboratory of ceramic materials and then applied to the teeth. Inlays and onlays can strengthen teeth, and onlays have the added benefit of covering the top of the tooth and improving the tooth’s shape. Inlays and onlays are placed in two dental visits about two weeks apart, and the result is a stronger tooth with a durable and attractive restoration.

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Full and Partial Dentures

Full and partial dentures are relatively inexpensive options for replacing multiple missing teeth. Modern dentures are made of attractive, durable materials and they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Torrey Pines Dental Arts provides dentures that are crafted to complement each patient’s facial features. For the best possible results, patients can have their dentures securely anchored to the jawbone with dental implants, which keep the dentures from slipping or shifting.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best solutions for missing teeth, whether the teeth were lost due to an accident, disease, tooth extractions, or another cause. Since a dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth, dentists are able to anchor an artificial replacement tooth directly to the jawbone without depending on support from the surrounding teeth. Dr. Richard Sherman consults with patients considering dental implants to determine if implants are the best solution for their tooth loss. He also restores dental implants and mini dental implants, and refers patients who need to either Dr. Anthony J. Opilka, our periodontist, or Dr. Mark D. Breese, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

A Solution of Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

Before and after a dental implant is placed and restore

Today there is another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration," dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth," and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

Many patients come to Torrey Pines Dental Arts with complex dental problems, including missing or damaged teeth and oral or facial pain. For complicated cases such as these, Dr. Sherman can perform a full mouth reconstruction, combining restorative and cosmetic treatments to completely restore the smile. Full mouth reconstruction can be life-changing, since it allows patients who have suffered from damaged smiles for years to achieve fully functional smiles.

Contact our office for more information on how we can restore your smile with a full mouth reconstruction.

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Myofascial Pain Relief

The myofascial tissues, or myofascia, are connective tissues surrounding the muscles, bones, and nerves of the body. In their healthy state, these tissues act as a shock absorber for the body. However, when the myofascia become chronically restricted – usually due to stress, trauma, poor posture, or inflammation – unpleasant symptoms such as TMJ problems, neck pain, and headaches can result. Dr. Richard Sherman offers numerous treatments to relieve the symptoms of myofascial constriction. Contact our office for more information.

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