Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is a type of dentistry which uses leading-edge materials and technology to address the health of the entire mouth so it will function properly for years to come without frequent visits to your dentist. Our restorative dentist, Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin, repairs cracked or missing teeth and replaces old mercury fillings, ill-fitting or failing crowns and old composites that have become discolored or dysfunctional. It also means restoring implants for missing teeth. When more than a few teeth are missing, partials and dentures are sometimes needed as well.

While restorative dentistry means so many things, we like to think about it as restoring your mouth to optimal health. We do this with the use of teeth cleanings, fillings and implants to replace missing teeth, crowns and veneers with the most advanced dental technology available today. As a leading San Francisco Dentist, Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin continues to stay current with her continuing education. By doing so, she is able to offer you a great service with restorative dentistry.

At Marina Tooth Fairy, we are concerned not only with our patients’ oral health, but also with your overall health and quality of life. Patients receive dental care in the comfort of our clean, contemporary office where they enjoy amenities including valet parking, televisions, wi-fi access, hot scented towels and blankets, noise canceling headphones, and a beverage station.




    An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are then cemented into place. An on-lay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. On-lays are indicated in situations where a substantial reconstruction is required. However, more of the tooth structure can be conserved compared to the placement of a crown.

    To repair damage to the tooth’s biting surface, rather than using a simple filling, or a crown, Dr. Benjamin will often use an inlay, or an on-lay. Inlays and on-lays can be made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin, although porcelain is now becoming the material of choice because of its strength and potential to match the natural color of your tooth.



    Occasionally, a tooth will have extensive decay (cavity) or pressure sensitivity when biting that affects the nerve of the tooth In addition, the tooth may have moderate to severe pain from hot and cold liquids. When this occurs, the nerve of the tooth has become infected. The treatment for this involves removing the nerve from the tooth- “root canal therapy”. The area is then filled with a rubber-based material. This treatment can be completed in 1-2 visits and in most cases relieves the symptoms of pain.

    Since the nerve and blood supply is removed when a root canal is performed, the tooth is susceptible to fracture. Therefore, the tooth will need to be protected with a crown (see crown and bridge section).

    If a root canal is not performed, the tooth will continue to degenerate and the infection will continue to grow. The tooth will eventually need to be removed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office for a consultation to review your options.

    Other alternatives: dental implant, bridge, or removable partial denture

  • Snap-on smile®

    Snap-on Smile®

    A dentist who realized that not everyone could afford thousands of dollars to get a Hollywood smile makeover invented this product. After years of extensive research and development, Dr. Banjamin can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile® that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You can eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile®. It’s easy to care for and can be a temporary or permanent cosmetic solution. It’s available for upper and lower teeth.

    Snap-On Smile®’s unique, proprietary formula of hi-tech dental resin makes it very thin yet extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile—even if you have stains, chips, gaps or missing teeth.

    And for many people, Snap-On Smile® can be life changing. It gives back the confidence to smile. Thousands of people worldwide have already experienced the unique benefits of Snap-On Smile®. (SOURSE: Den-Mat Holdings LLC)


    Laser Dentistry

    Treat or Prevent Periodontal Disease!
    Dr. Benjamin may recommend using the laser to remove debris, infected gums and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause periodontal disease, bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.

    Improve a Gummy Smile
    We can reshape your gums to improve the appearance of your smile by removing excess gum tissue (free gingiva) that gives you a “Gummy Smile” or makes your teeth appear irregular in size or shape.

    Remove Oral Growths!
    We can remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth such as gum tissue over an unerupted or partially erupted wisdom tooth, fibromas, amalgam tattoo and others. Prevent Gum Recession

  • Sedation Dentistry

    Sedation Dentistry

    DOCSDr. Benjamin and the team are certified with DOCS for Advance Conscious Sedation Dentistry. This can means that complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments can be done in as little as one visit all while you relax in a comfortable environment.

    Have you been putting off that smile that you have always wanted because you are too afraid that it might hurt or will take too long? If this sounds like you, then you will be excited to hear that we offer sedation dentistry!

    Sedation will provide a way of getting dental work done while totally relaxed and completely comfortable. This process is achieved through the use of various oral sedatives and does not include the use of IV injections.


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