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Dental Restorations Specialist

Alok Arora, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Menlo Park, CA

Thanks to advances in dental technology, it’s now possible to restore teeth that decay, break, or become infected to their full function, all while ensuring they look and feel natural. With expertise in general and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Alok Arora, DMD, provides a full range of restorative dental services to men and women in San Mateo County from his office in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Arora works with you to find the most comfortable, least invasive procedure for your needs. To find out how Dr. Arora can fix your smile, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Restorations Q & A

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry helps get your teeth fully up and running again. Just one missing or damaged tooth can affect everyday activities like chewing food or speaking and interfere with your overall quality of life. Thankfully, modern restorative dentistry has a number of options that effectively replace teeth, and can mimic the appearance, feeling, and function of natural teeth.

Restorative dentistry can have positive effects both on your oral health and your appearance.  Reasons Dr. Arora performs restorative dentistry procedures include:

  • Beautifying your smile
  • Filling in gaps between teeth
  • Correcting an overbite, underbite, or crossbite
  • Preventing tooth loss or replacing a missing tooth
  • Replacing old dental work with more effective, attractive options
  • Improving speech
  • Restoring normal eating and chewing

At your consultation, Dr. Arora discusses your goals with restorative dentistry, as well as your dental history, and works with you develop a treatment plan.

What kinds of restorative dentistry procedures are available?

Dr. Arora has several restorative dentistry options available at his Menlo Park office, and the procedures may be adapted and combined depending on what’s wrong with your teeth. These options include:


A crown fits over a damaged tooth like a cap and mimics the function and appearance of a natural tooth.

Inlays and onlays

Inlays and outlays perform a similar function to crowns but are used on teeth that are less damaged or decayed and only cover part of the tooth.


Dentures are a removable prosthetic that replaces one or more of your teeth and their surrounding tissue.


A bridge is a fixed, nonremovable appliance that uses the teeth surrounding a missing tooth to support an artificial tooth, “bridging” the gap.

Is restorative dentistry the same as cosmetic dentistry?

The specialties of restorative and cosmetic dentistry overlap in that they both focus on repairing teeth, though cosmetic dentistry is more concerned with aesthetics, and restorative dentistry is more concerned with function. However, Dr. Arora will make sure that you’re pleased with how the results of your restorative procedures look. He also has considerable training and experience in cosmetic dentistry, so he can easily add those procedures to your treatment.

To schedule a restorative dentistry consultation, call Dr. Alok Arora, DMD, or schedule an appointment online at the Menlo Park office in San Mateo County.

Same Dentistry and 3D printing:

Dr. Arora works hard to stay current on the latest dental technology and techniques. He utilizes the CEREC technology, which allows him to provide you with a custom-made, color match, and high-quality dental restoration in a single visit to our office. We are excited to be able to restore our patients' smiles in just one visit. For more information regarding our same day dentistry services please contact our office.