Restorative Dentistry

Your natural teeth are these amazing little things that are strong, made to resist stains and chips, and are meant to last you for life. However, what happens when your teeth are gapped, you’re missing several teeth, or you have cavities? Restorative dentistry is meant to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible in addition to encouraging proper dental health by restoring your smile.

Your dentist in Asheville NC, Dr. Saunders, can help you to restore your beautiful smile based on what your unique needs are. From replacing a single missing tooth to getting full or partial dentures to having porcelain crowns or veneers, we can help you restore your smile for life.

Restorative Dentistry Procedures

Unlike cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry is focused on the functionality of your smile in addition to the beauty of it, while cosmetic dentistry mainly focuses on the appearance of your smile. At our Asheville family dentist office, we work with you to discover what would restore your smile’s full functionality as well as its beauty based on your oral health.

We’ve outlined a few of the procedures that restorative dentistry could include for your convenience.


Have a cavity? At our Asheville dental practice, we can help you choose the best material to fill your cavity. If left untreated, your cavity can turn into an infection or even cause you to lose your tooth. Let us help you restore your tooth’s health with a professional filling. Choose from composite resin, glass ionomer, or porcelain ceramic. Our non-mercury fillings are safe for you and your family!


Have missing or gapped teeth? A dental bridge could be the perfect restorative dentistry solution for you. A dental bridge effectively closes the space between your natural teeth and the gap from your missing tooth. They also help to support that missing space so that you experience minimal bone loss and shifting issues with the surrounding teeth.

Porcelain Crowns and Veneers

If you’ve had a root canal or a dental implant done, a crown is recommended to go on the end to protect your tooth from any future decay as well as to completely restore the functionality of your smile. Porcelain crowns are sturdy, stain-resistant, and accurately mimic your natural teeth in shine and color.

Porcelain veneers may be another choice to consider for gapped teeth, or you may need to cover damaged or missing teeth in order to experience full functionality. Veneers allow you to keep your natural teeth while improving the appearance of them. Talk with your dentist in Asheville, Dr. Saunders, to discover if porcelain crowns or veneers could be the best choice for your restorative dentistry.

Dental Implants

Dental implants make an ideal choice for a single missing tooth or teeth. They also offer an advantage over dentures and partial dentures, as dental implants are permanent and only need their crown replaced every decade or so. Dental implants consist of a screw anchored into your jaw that stimulates new bone growth and retains your beautiful facial structure. It also effectively prevents any shifting or gaps that may occur over time from missing teeth.

Not convinced dental implants are the right choice for you? Talk with our Asheville dental office about how dental implants can effectively restore your smile, or consider implant-supported dentures.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures or partial dentures can replace your missing natural teeth. Dentures enable you to use your mouth again to chew and speak properly as well as restore and enhance the natural appearance of your smile. You may choose to consider dental implants or implant-supported dentures as alternatives to dentures.

If you have a single missing tooth or only a few missing teeth, consider partial dentures. Partial dentures can help retain the natural appearance of your smile and prevent those gaps from missing teeth from becoming bothersome.

Restorative Dentistry with Saunders DDS

Restorative dentistry can help to fix gaps (which provide ideal places for bacteria and plaque to form), missing teeth, and even structural problems from damaged teeth. At our Asheville family dentist office, we’ll work with you to save as many of your natural teeth as possible and yet restore your smile and encourage future dental health with your options.

Give us a call to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for restorative dentistry. From fillings to implants to onlays and inlays, we can help! 828-277-6060.