Retain Your Oral Health with Quality Restorations in Santa Monica

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Dr. Schlang, along with her team of dental experts have helped bring healthier smiles to Santa Monica residents since 2009. She delivers personalized treatment to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile. If you need restorative treatment, rest assured we will always discuss all your available options and recommend the least invasive treatment. Our caring office staff and welcoming atmosphere will provide you the friendly, relaxing environment you deserve. We also offer sedation using Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for those with dental anxiety.

If you are looking to achieve optimal dental health, call us today to find out more about our restorative dental options!


Why Restorative Dental Care is Important?

Restorative dental care helps evaluate and correct complications with your jawline, gums, or teeth to ensure you maintain optimal oral health. Through restorations, we can repair chips, cracks, and replace missing teeth.

Dr. Schalng and her talented team provide the gentle, personalized treatment you deserve. We offer a variety of services ranging from basic cleanings to dental emergencies, including:

How Do I Know I Need a Restoration?

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If you experience pain in one or more of your teeth, you are probably in need of restorative services. However, you certainly don’t need to wait until things get that far. Dr. Schlang recommends 6-month examinations to stay on top of any developing conditions so we can treat them before they become severe. During an examination, we will inform you of any dental issues and what type of restorations you need. Then we will go over each of your options to help you understand the benefits of each treatment.

Depending on your case, you might need one restoration or more. We provide you with personalized treatment and combine any required procedures to save you time and money.

Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings Enhance Your Smile

Fillings are the go-to restoration when a cavity appears. They are one of the most common procedures available and can be done for restorative and cosmetic purposes. At our practice, we offer composite fillings, which unlike dark amalgam (metal) fillings, match the color and shape of your teeth for a discreet solution and beautiful results.

Porcelain Crowns for High-Quality Restorations

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If your tooth is damaged by decay we can restore both form and function with quality porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns are very durable and can withstand the pressure of biting. They can also be used to replace missing teeth in combination with a bridge or dental implants.

Porcelain crowns are designed to mimic all the characteristics of a natural, healthy tooth. These life-like restorations are ideal for protecting the dental structure of teeth and restore a beautiful, natural smile.

Customized Porcelain Inlays and Onlays for A Perfect Smile

An inlay is useful when a cavity is too big for a filling. It mimics the natural surface of a tooth, mainly on the chewing surface between the cusps. An onlay covers the cusps, or edges and provides the same restorative benefits. When your teeth are moderately decayed or fractured, an onlay can help you keep more of your tooth structure.

Both inlays and onlays use biocompatible material to prevent further damage and make your teeth look aesthetically beautiful. They are fabricated in our professional lab and customized to fit the structure of your teeth.

Save Your Smile with A Porcelain Fixed Bridge

Your smile helps you express yourself with confidence. Missing teeth can diminish that confidence and cause further dental problems. The gap left by a missing tooth can cause your healthy teeth to shift out of alignment. These gaps also make it hard for you to chew your food resulting in poor digestion, thus affecting your overall health.

In such cases, a fixed bridge might be a good option for you. It uses two crowns placed on each side of the missing tooth and a custom prosthetic tooth suspended in between. It can replace up to three teeth and let you smile with confidence.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

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A dental implant is another option to save your smile and replace a missing tooth. An implant acts like a natural tooth root and provides a complete and permanent restoration. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and looks and feels natural.

Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods. You can brush and floss your teeth the same way you do for your natural teeth. Implants also allow you to keep your youthful appearance by preserving your jawbone structure.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

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A root canal treatment is a therapy that involves removing the infected pulp inside a tooth to prevent other complications. An infection to a tooth root can enter the bloodstream and contribute to other health issues. Once deep decay reaches the root of the tooth, no amount of brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouth wash will solve the problem. Dr. Schlang understands that root canal therapy can remove the infection and preserve your original tooth structure. In case your condition requires a complex root canal procedure, Dr. Schlang is happy to refer you to a trusted endodontist.

5 Signs You May Need Root Canal Treatment

  1. Persistent Pain: If you experience pain every time you eat or drink, it may be a sign that something is wrong with the root of your tooth. Our dentist will examine your aching tooth to see if your blood vessels or nerves have become inflamed due to infection. Then the next step will be how to fix your problem and ease the pain.
  2. Prolonged Sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or pressure is another sign you need to have your teeth checked for a possible infection. What starts as a dull ache can progress into a sharp, intense pain if not treated quickly.
  3. Inflamed Gum Tissue: Swollen gums may indicate a problem beneath the surface. An examination can help determine the source of the inflammation and allow us to correct the problem as soon as possible.
  4. Tooth Discoloration: There are many reasons for a discolored tooth. It could be poor hygiene or exposure to food and drink that stains enamel, but it might as well be due to nerve damage beneath the surface. When nerve and blood vessel damage occurs, you may need root canal therapy to save the tooth.
  5. Chipped or Cracked Tooth: When a tooth gets cracked or chipped, it can expose the nerves beneath the surface of the tooth and lead to an infection. An infection can enter the bloodstream and spread if left untreated. A root canal procedure can eliminate the infection and pain.


In some cases, a tooth damaged by trauma or decay cannot be saved with root canal therapy. In these cases, extracting the tooth will prevent further complications and make it easier to restore your oral health. Our expert team can help you determine if an extraction is the best option for you, and make sure your procedure is safe, comfortable, and effective. Our advanced techniques make your recovery faster and offer options to replace your tooth in a way that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Save Your Smile with A Full Mouth Restoration

If you have more than one dental issue and need to improve your oral health and make your smile look great, a full-mouth restoration may be right for you. Based on your individual needs, Dr. Schlang can combine different restorative treatments into a customized plan that is convenient and affordable. This procedure can restore your oral health and retain the beauty of your smile.

Does Your Practice Treat Gum Disease?

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One of the first things we check on at your introductory visit is your gum health. For any restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments, a healthy foundation will help make your treatments more successful. Gum disease is always a priority in your treatment plan. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can damage both the gums and the jawbone.

To treat gum disease and improve all further treatments, we perform root planing and scaling (deep cleaning) to clean below the gumline. In some cases, we may use Arestin antibiotic to target bacteria and reduce pocket depth.

Call Us Today and Start Your Journey to Optimal Oral Health

Our team at Wilshire Dental is passionate about helping you achieve your smile goals. Whether you need a simple touch up or a complex procedure, we have the solution. We’re here to help you attain your perfect smile, so get in touch with us today!


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