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Operative Dentistry Specialist

Rodney Park, DDS -  - General Dentist

Rodney Park, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Operative dentistry focuses on restoring the appearance and function of your teeth when you suffer from disease or any type of defects. At his practice in San Jose, California, Rodney Park, DDS, offers all the tooth restoration options you need in one convenient location. Dr. Park and his team have a gentle touch, and their one-on-one approach gets high marks from patients. The team believes that patients are ohana (family), and their focused and compassionate attention proves it. Call the office to book an appointment.

Operative Dentistry Q&A

What is operative dentistry?

Operative dentistry, sometimes called restorative dentistry, includes procedures that repair and replace teeth. Rodney K. Park, DDS, offers a wide range of restorations, including:

  • All-on-4®, All-on-5, All-on-6 implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Root canal treatment with a crown

At Rodney K. Park, DDS, the experienced team offers all the dental care that you need, including preventive dentistry services to avoid oral health problems. 

How do you restore a decayed tooth?

There are a couple of options for tooth decay, so the Rodney K. Park, DDS, team can recommend the right approach for your specific needs. For simple tooth decay, in which only a small amount of your tooth is affected, a tooth-colored filling is often best. 

For more complex tooth decay, you may need a crown that fits over the affected tooth. If your tooth is infected, your dentist removes the infected pulp inside your tooth with a root canal and then places a crown to strengthen the tooth. 

What is a crown?

A crown is a tooth-colored cap made of porcelain, porcelain composite, or, less commonly, metal. Crowns completely encase your tooth when it’s fragile because of extensive decay, wearing, or other kinds of damage. 

Crowns also replace missing teeth by attaching to dental implants. Crowns and bridges are a common pairing because many bridges include two crowns with a pontic in the middle.

The Rodney K. Park, DDS, team hand selects the color for a crown to make sure it matches your other teeth. With a crown, your tooth is as strong as ever. Plus, crowns can improve appearance by changing the shape or size of a tooth as needed. 

Why is tooth restoration better than tooth extraction?

Saving a natural tooth is always ideal because it preserves normal tooth alignment. Without anything in place to prevent shifting, your other teeth can grow unstable, overlapping other teeth and damaging tooth root systems below your gums. 

Plus, when you have an open tooth socket after extraction, you’re vulnerable to both gum tissue shrinkage and bone loss over time. An open socket is also a magnet for bacteria and decay. 

Operative dentistry focuses on saving your natural teeth whenever possible. If that’s impossible, Rodney K. Park, DDS, can restore your mouth to the original condition to protect your oral health moving forward. 

Book your operative dentistry appointment at Rodney K. Park, DDS, by calling the office.