Restorative Dentistry Specialist

Douglas M Sheets, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Federal Way, WA

Dental damage can be painful, unsightly, and embarrassing. At Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S in Federal Way, Washington, Dr. Sheets offers a wide range of in-house restorative services. Restorative dentistry can repair damaged teeth, fill in gaps, clear up decay, and much more. With restorative treatments, patients enjoy a brighter, healthier smile. Restorative care can eliminate dental pain and boost your self-confidence. Let Dr. Sheets help you explore your options for restorative dentistry. Call the office today or request an appointment online.

Restorative Dentistry Q&A

What is restorative dentistry?

The goal of restorative dentistry is to preserve the health and function of your mouth. When a dentist performs restorative work, they address problems with your teeth and gums. They may fix decayed teeth, replace a missing tooth, or treat gum disease. Restorative treatments can improve tooth and jaw alignment and promote lifelong oral health.

Many people confuse restorative and cosmetic dentistry. The two categories are similar, but they aren't identical. Cosmetic dentistry is generally concerned with the appearance of your mouth. With cosmetic treatments, your dentist tries to achieve a straighter and brighter smile. 

Cosmetic density patients often have healthy teeth and gums. They might not need dental care, but they have chosen to seek treatments that enhance their appearance. 

Restorative dentistry is different. These treatments are concerned with oral function. A restorative procedure can fix a damaged or broken tooth. Restorative dentistry also addresses tooth decay or fills in gaps left by missing teeth. Often, dentists use both cosmetic and restorative approaches to create a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Dr. Sheets performs a variety of dental treatments. He often begins with restorative procedures to provide a healthy oral foundation. Then, he performs cosmetic procedures to brighten your smile. 

What are some common restorative dental procedures?

Restorative dental procedures can include:

  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Veneers
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Wisdom teeth removal

The goal of restorative dentistry is three-fold. First, Dr. Sheets strives to eliminate decay or infection. Next, he repairs any cracked or damaged teeth. Finally, Dr. Sheets determines whether your teeth need additional protection. 

If you have weakened or missing teeth, Dr. Sheets may recommend a crown or implant. His practice offers same-day crowns using the CEREC® system. CEREC allows patients to complete their crown procedure in a single office visit. 

What can I expect from my treatment plan?

During your evaluation, Dr. Sheets performs 3D X-rays. He examines your mouth and identifies any underlying dental problems. Once he understands your unique needs, Dr. Sheets discusses your treatment options. 

Treatment may take place in several stages. If you have severe tooth decay or you're missing several teeth, you might need multiple office visits. Dr. Sheets can let you know how long it will take to complete your restorative treatment plan. He works to provide a streamlined, easy-to-follow treatment plan. The office staff can help you schedule your appointments and arrange follow-up visits. 

Are you ready to learn more about restorative dentistry? Call Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S today or request an appointment online.