General Dentistry

General dentistry procedures are the most important part of a dentist’s skill set. They help maintain a visually aesthetic appearance and improve the function of different structures in the mouth. Experience and skill in this area of dentistry is crucial because patients often come to us during an emergency in which their teeth have been severely damaged.

As your San Francisco dentist, Dr. Sean Moran‘s goal for his patients is to help them regain the ability to chew and speak with no pain and return their self-confidence with the beauty of their smiles.

Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain dental crown is a hollow cover that fits over a tooth like a baseball cap on a head. Porcelain crowns are an integral piece of restorative dentistry because of their versatility in the treatment of a wide range of tooth problems. In San Francisco, Dr. Joyce uses crowns to strengthen teeth that are chipped or cracked, to seal teeth that are temperature sensitive, and to close gaps between teeth. Crowns are also used as components in root canal procedures and to build dental bridges.

During your appointment, Dr. Joyce will remove any damaged or decaying structure to make room for the crown before making a mold of the affected area. Making the mold ensures that your crown will be perfectly fitted to your mouth’s specifications. As with inlays and onlays, you can choose between crowns made of porcelain, zirconia or gold. When prepared, the crown is then slipped over the remains of the old tooth and bonded into place, making a strong restoration that can be used just as you do your normal teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth permanently. They're attached to existing teeth on either side of a gap and can be made of a variety of materials. In some cases, they are a great alternative to dentures or implants.

Composite (White) Fillings

In the past, teeth were most commonly repaired with amalgam (silver) fillings or gold restorations. Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, teeth can be restored with a more aesthetic and natural appearance. There are different types of cosmetic fillings currently available. The type used will depend on the location of the tooth and the amount of tooth structure that needs to be repaired.

Amalgam (Silver) Filling Removal

Turn “metal mouth” into a natural smile.

Replace old crowns and bridges with metal-free restorations. There’s a huge difference between metal fillings and our new porcelain restorations that reflect the translucence of natural teeth. Your new metal-free crowns, inlays and bridges won’t show wear or cause opposing teeth to erode, and fitting the crown or bridge is a breeze.


The term “dental sealant” or “tooth sealant” refers to a plastic which a dentist bonds into the grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth as a means of helping to prevent the formation of tooth decay (“cavities”).


Bonding is similar to sculpting individual teeth with a special tooth-like material that looks, acts and feels like the real thing. Bonding is an affordable, quick and painless way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries.

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Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can be used to restore function when teeth are broken, have cavities, or are stained but it is also extensively used at Sansome Dental for patients who want a simple way to improve their smile. Cosmetic bonding uses a composite resin material that, unlike crowns, veneers, or bridges, can be applied during a single appointment. The composite resin will be shaped to your tooth and we will apply a special light in order to set it into its permanent position.

Once this is completed we polish the material to match your natural teeth and the procedure is finished! Your newly created smile should give you a look that perfectly blends with your natural teeth. They key to these results is taking the time to match the natural tooth color, something that Dr. Joyce always takes great care while performing.

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