85 Darby Road
Paoli, PA 19301

Restorative Dentistry

Even with the best preventive care, teeth can develop conditions that must be addressed or repaired.

Whether it’s genetic history, periods of poor preventive care or an emergency situation, Koup Family Dental will work with you to restore your smile and oral health to the best it can be.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

When your teeth become damaged and lose their functional integrity, restorative dentistry addresses the affected area and returns your teeth to their original or most optimal state. The term restorative dentistry encompasses the methods by which repairs are made.

When is Restorative Dentistry Appropriate?

There are many reasons teeth may need repair or treatment. For example:

  • cavities
  • old failing fillings (especially metal)
  • broken or chipped teeth
  • missing teeth

To address these issues and restore the functionality of your teeth, dentists use devices such as fillings, dentures, crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays and dental implants.

Why are These Procedures Important?

The goal of Restorative Dentistry is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

  • Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned for optimal chewing surface.
  • Replacing teeth, when needed, makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits that hamper plaque build-up and its associated problems.
  • Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem.

Common Restorative Procedures Performed at Koup Family Dental


When cavities develop or an old filling fails, treatment usually calls for a new filling. Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that grow into tiny openings or holes. Anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants.

A combination of factors cause cavities:

  • bacteria in your mouth
  • frequent snacking
  • sipping sugary drinks
  • not cleaning your teeth well

If not treated, cavities get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth. They can lead to a severe toothache, infection and tooth loss.

The most common treatment for a cavity is to remove the decay and fill the tooth with a durable material. At Koup Family Dental we most often use a resin composite — a ceramic and plastic compound. Because resin mimics the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings blend right in. They’re also known as “white fillings” or “tooth-colored fillings.”

In some cases, you and our team may choose amalgam, or “silver” fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50% of the compound, binds the metals together to provide a strong, durable filling.

cavity formation
amalgam vs. composite fillings
Restorative crown illustration
dental implant with crown
3-unit bridge
inlay and onlay fillings
inlay before & after
onlay before & after
assortment of dentures


A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.

Two types of dentures are available:

  • Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
  • Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

When you are considering dentures, there are a variety of solutions available. It’s important to discuss with our team which option will work best for you.

Make an Appointment

At Koup Family Dental we pride ourselves on providing what you need when you need it.

We are committed to educating you on your options and providing treatment that fits your personal needs, schedule and budget. We welcome questions and look forward to partnering with you as you make the best decisions for your restorations.

Our friendly and informative staff are ready to speak with you and schedule your appointment and to answer any questions or concerns you have.

Koup Family Dental Welcomes New Patients!

The best time to begin improving your dental health is now.
Your dental health, comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Koup Family Dental

85 Darby Rd.
Paoli, PA 19301


85 Darby Rd.
Paoli, PA 19301


Office Hours

Monday   9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday   8:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday   7:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday   7:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

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