Bring back your natural smile and actually enjoy the experience!
At Vial Family Dentistry, restorative dental care includes many standard services that help return your teeth to full function and optimal oral health. Most people already know about restorative dental care when thinking about the dentist — cavity fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants or dentures.
Arguably the most common procedure we perform is filling cavities to prevent further decay or damage.
Crowns are used to cover broken teeth or when decay is beyond the capacity for a standard filling.
Bridges are useful as a permanent way to return optimal appearance or chewing capacity.
We use resin bonding to cure many issues, including chipped teeth, gaps, discoloration, and more.
After tooth extraction, dental implants may be the optimal permanent solution.
Full or Partial Dentures
With large gaps from missing teeth, full or partial dentures are a common option.
Comfort First Care
Does the thought of the dentist give you sweaty palms and a pounding pulse? We understand if you’re feeling a bit nervous about your dental care. Harvard reported that surveys estimate that fear around dental work affects as many as 24% of people. It’s not an uncommon feeling!
We’ve prepared for that when setting up our practice at Vial Family Dentistry. Your comfort is our main priority. Our team focuses on making you comfortable, and confident in our work. You’ll walk out of our offices with a genuine smile from the entire experience!
— Elizabeth (via Google review)
What’s the Difference?
Implants vs. Bridges
Both implants and bridges are a solution to replace missing teeth after extractions. Dental implants are permanently connected to your jaw and require surgery using titanium screws. Alternatively, bridges fill in the gaps and “bridge” the space by fusing to adjacent teeth. Both are typically fixed — meaning once they’re in place, they won’t be able to come off.
- Cost – Bridges are more affordable than implants, though the two options are similar in cost. Insurance typically covers a bridge procedure, but there may be slim or no coverage on implants.
- Maintenance – Implants require similar upkeep as bridges, as both are permanently affixed to your mouth and need similar daily cleaning as your natural teeth. Bridges will require special floss to keep the anchor teeth clean. The remaining natural teeth can still develop cavities, but implants cannot decay.
- Durability – Most patients keep their implants forever. Bridges are also long-lasting as long as the adjacent teeth are kept healthy.
- Oral Health – Because dental implants are fixed to your jaw, chewing stimulates the bone and keeps it healthy. With bridges, the lack of stimulation to the bone may lead to shrinkage of the jaw where the missing tooth previously was. We recommend consistent exams to monitor this over time.
Full vs. Partial Dentures
While implants and bridges can replace missing teeth, a full or partial denture is another solution that may work for a large number of missing teeth. Insurance usually covers many situations when we would recommend dentures. There is a bit more maintenance for dentures and may be less durable than a permanent implant or bridge, but this is a great option for affordability and without surgery.
If you’re interested in learning more, call us with questions and we’ll schedule an exam to get you started.
Crowns vs. Bonding
Crowns and resin bonding are solutions for damaged teeth, such as chips or breakage, but crowns are often used in more severe cases of damage or decay. Additionally, crowns can provide additional utility when used with bridges or implants.
- Cost – Crowns are traditionally more expensive because they require more preparation time and a lab custom fabricates the final crown fitting.
- Durability – Bonding tends to be less durable and requires in-office maintenance after several years as compared to the more durable crowns.
We will share our recommendations during your consultation based on your unique situation. When both are an option, bonding is best for time and cost while crowns are best for durability and long-term maintenance.