2472 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064(310) 838-0844
I love my teeth!!! I have had many fillings from Dr. Carlston and veneers as well. It feels so good to smile and I am complimented on my teeth regularly now. My teeth look so natural that even my closest friend couldn't pin point what was different about me. I would highly recommend him! The staff was friendly and helpful and the facility was clean and professional. I will definitely be back when in Los Angeles. Angie C., Mountlake, WA

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Tooth Conserving Dentistry West Los Angeles

At the forefront of Dr. Dean L. Carlston’s dental practice is the idea that superior results can be achieved in dentistry, even with the use of minimally-invasive methods. While some restorative dentists may simply seek to replace the structures of the mouth with modern restorations, Dr. Carlston aims to provide long-lasting support to the natural tooth structure while preserving it as much as possible. Known formally as biomimetic dentistry, this tooth conserving treatment philosophy enables Dr. Carlston to achieve the outcomes that his patients desire, while keeping their comfort, health, and safety in mind. Tooth conserving dentistry plays a role in all of the treatments offered at our West Los Angeles practice. To learn more, schedule a consultation today.

What is Tooth Conserving Dentistry?

Tooth Conserving Dentistry refers to a method of treatment in which the dentist seeks to restore the health and appearance of the affected tooth, while attempting to mimic its natural makeup. This includes taking measures to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, and placing restorations that fit seamlessly with the rest of the smile. Unlike traditional dentistry methods which typically break the natural tooth down in order to build it up again, tooth conserving dentistry techniques use the latest advancements to place durable, natural-looking, and comfortable restorations which effectively seal out further damage. Dr. Carlston is committed to using these methods in his practice daily and as a member of the Academy of Computerized Dentistry, stays up to date with the newest developments.

Tooth Conserving Dentistry in Practice

Tooth Conserving Dentistry does not refer to any specific subset of procedures, but rather is an idea that flows through much of our dental practice, from the technology utilized to the procedures performed. Dr. Carlston was the second dentist in the Los Angeles area to acquire a CEREC® milling machine. This machine allowed Dr. Carlston to create custom-fit restorations that mimic the look and feel of the natural tooth. Today, Dr. Carlston uses the latest version of the CEREC® 3D machine to provide patients with the most effective results possible. In addition, Dr. Carlston utilizes other tools such as intraoral cameras and digital X-ray systems, which allow him to gain a precise understanding of a patient’s condition, so he can recommend efficient treatment.

Tooth Conserving Dentistry plays a role in every treatment that Dr. Carlston prescribes at his West Los Angeles practice. When patients require restorative dental work, Dr. Carlston seeks out the least-invasive method that will achieve the desired results and satisfy the patient’s needs. For example, while patients who suffer from moderate tooth decay or damage may assume that they need a dental crown, the truth is that most issues can be handled with the placement of an inlay or onlay. Unlike crowns, inlays and onlays are placed over a portion of the tooth. These restorations require much less tooth preparation, and are customized using CEREC® technology. This is not only healthier in the long run, but also makes treatment more comfortable and convenient for patients. Other less-invasive treatments that Dr. Carlston may recommend include dental bonding or tooth-colored fillings.

As an expert in tooth conserving dentistry, or natural dentistry, Dr. Carlston is also able to produce quality results without the need for tooth extractions, in many cases. While some dentists may make room for restorative treatment by removing teeth, Dr. Carlston is able to do so through advanced orthodontics. Ultimately, the mouth can remain healthy, because much of or all of it remains intact.

Learn More about Tooth Conserving Dentistry

It is Dr. Carlston’s primary goal to help his patients sustain the health of their mouths with the least-invasive treatment methods. This not only makes it less intimidating for patients to receive oral care, but actually increases the longevity of the results. To learn more about how tooth conserving dentistry can achieve superior, healthy results, contact our West Los Angeles practice today

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