Many people wish they could turn back to a time when their smile was not suffering from dental discomfort or imperfections. Decay and tooth loss negatively affect the aesthetics of teeth and the self-confidence of individuals.
Dr. John H. Ko provides several ways to restore function, health, and appearance to smiles. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Ko serves those living or working in Pleasanton as well as the surrounding communities.
Repairing Your Smile
The most common tooth ailment is decay, and depending on the severity, Dr. Ko may recommend several options for treatment. Tooth-colored fillings
are made of composite resin that seamlessly blends with the natural color of teeth. These fillings also require less tooth removal which is a top priority of Dr. Ko. People with allergic sensitivities to certain metals choose composite fillings because they are free of mercury and other metals. Inlays and Onlays
are made of a tooth-colored porcelain. These restorations allow the doctor to preserve tooth structure while protecting the tooth from further damage. Unlike metal fillings, porcelain does not fluctuate with temperature changes, so there is less chance of experiencing a cracked tooth in the future. After the dentist removes decay, he takes an impression and a lab designs a perfect restoration that is cemented onto the tooth. Porcelain crowns
restore both function and aesthetic to damaged teeth. If advanced decay has necessitated root canal therapy, crowns help preserve the tooth so normal chewing can continue. These restorations are custom-matched to blend in with neighboring teeth.
Restorations for Missing Teeth
Dr. Ko also provides beautiful restorations for those with gaps in their smile.Traditional dentures
can be used for a full arch of teeth. This removable prosthetic uses a combination of dental adhesive and natural suction to secure in place. Dentures use porcelain teeth which are beautifully matched to the enamel on neighboring teeth. Most functions of chewing are restored with traditional dentures. Partial or Fixed Bridges
are a convenient and permanent restoration option. Fixed bridges prevent teeth from shifting, and they restore chewing function. They also are matched to neighboring teeth providing an appealing and natural looking restoration. Dental Implants
use titanium posts fused into the jawbone to replace the entire tooth structure from root to crown. A porcelain crown is then securely attached to the post. This is the only restoration option that addresses the missing root, which when absent from the smile, can cause the jaw to lose volume in a process called resorption. Dental Implants preserve the health of the jaw bone while also renewing full function and aesthetics.
Considerate Treatment by Dr. John H. Ko
Call Dr. Ko's office in Pleasanton today if you are seeking to restore your smile. He, along with our dedicated team listen to patients and educate them so that they can choose the best course of action for their dental treatment.