Dr. Bixby aims to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible when performing restorative procedures. Additionally, he always keeps the aesthetics of the smile in mind when treating cavities or other issues. He knows that every patient is unique, so he tailors each individual's treatment to meet their exact wants and needs.View transcript
With restorative dentistry in our office, we try to do the minimal amount of tooth removal so that we can create a healthy tooth. But we don't want to take away so much tooth structure that it ends up weakening the tooth. So we'll use cosmetic, like composites in a way that, you know, blend in with the tooth. Create a nice, good seal but not extend further than needed just because the material needs to be larger. So it's a mixture of restoring the tooth structure to full function, as well as the aesthetic. So common treatments for restorative dentistry would be some composite fillings. Say you have a cavity in between the two teeth. We would clean that out, and place some composite, which is a plastic material that looks very similar to the tooth. It's hardened with a light. And it kind of starts off like a little putty material. And then with the light, it hardens up. And we're able to shape it and make it look pretty darn good. And it brings the tooth back to full function. During the consultation process, patients can expect that we listen to their needs, try to find out what they are looking for. Whether it is just a functional, you know, general dentistry things, or are we looking to, you know, take care of some joint or sleep apnea issues. We try to look at the person as a whole. Tailor each person's treatment to what their wants and needs are.