Restorative Dentistry

If you have a tooth that’s been damaged by a cavity, infection, or dental trauma, Dr. Mario Godinez is here to help. At our office, we specialize in comprehensive smile restoration with crowns, fillings, bridges, and more.


With restorative dental care at our office, you can restore the natural appearance of your smile, chew and bite in comfort, and feel great about your teeth once again.


What Services Are Considered Restorative?

Restorative dentistry includes any procedure that is used to restore a damaged tooth. It’s commonly required to treat teeth that have been damaged by deep cavities, infections, or serious dental trauma from an accident like a slip and fall or a car accident. Let’s take a look at a few common restorative dental treatments now. 

Root Canals

A root canal is required to treat teeth that have become infected. Most commonly, teeth become infected due to large, untreated cavities that eat through the outer layers of the tooth, exposing the interior “pulp,” which is full of nerves and blood vessels and keeps the tooth alive. Teeth can also become infected if the tooth is damaged by oral trauma that exposes the pulp to oral bacteria.

A root canal is used to restore the tooth and prevent further complications. Dr. Godinez will clean and numb your mouth, trim your tooth to remove decayed material, and open a small hole in the tooth. Then, he will clean and fill the inside of your tooth to remove the infected pulp, and cover the tooth with a filling or a dental crown. This eliminates the infection and restores your tooth.

Dental Fillings

Fillings are the best way to treat tooth decay. Dr. Godinez will clean and prepare your tooth by removing decayed enamel material, and then apply a tooth-colored composite filling material to restore the natural shape, appearance, and function of your tooth. Early intervention with fillings can help prevent further complications related to tooth decay, such as tooth infections. 

Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns are used to treat teeth that have been affected by major decay or dental trauma. They are shaped just like your tooth, and are intended to fit over the existing tooth after it’s been trimmed. After being bonded in place permanently, they help protect the tooth from any further damage and decay, since they cover it up all the way down to your gum line. Today’s modern lab-made crowns are usually made out of ceramic materials, but can also be made out of metals like gold and steel. 

Dental bridges use two crowns attached to healthy teeth in your mouth to support one or more false teeth, which are suspended where your missing tooth or teeth used to be. They are a fixed, permanent alternative to partial dentures. 

What Are The Benefits Of Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry helps you get rid of your pain and discomfort, and also prevents further dental health complications. You’ll also be able to smile with confidence and feel great about how your smile looks once again.

For all of these reasons, restorative dental care in Encinitas at the office of Mario A Godinez, DDS is a great option. Contact us now online or call us at (760) 632-2410 to schedule a consultation today.