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Is a Dental Bridge Right For You? Marietta, GA

Is a Dental Bridge Right For You?

Implants and Bridges Marietta GA

If you’ve got a missing tooth, you’ll typically have two basic options to choose from in terms of replacing that tooth. Bridges and dental implants are the go-to solutions in single tooth replacement. While a bridge and dental implant may look much the same on the outside, there are some key differences in terms of function and feel, which can be explained by the way each option is anchored into your smile.

Pros of a Dental Bridge

Unlike a dental implant that is secured into the jawbone, a bridge offers a prosthetic tooth that is anchored on either side to your existing teeth. A dental bridge involves placing two crowns on the teeth that are adjacent to the open gap. Dental bridges can offer several advantages, including the following:

  • Less expensive than dental implants
  • Quicker solution, especially if your tooth doesn’t need extraction
  • No bone grafting requirement
  • Natural-looking replacement tooth

Cons of a Dental Bridge

Just like any major procedure in restorative dentistry, there are some drawbacks to dental bridges. Before investing in a bridge, it is important to fully understand the cons:

  • Dental bridges require that the adjacent teeth be fitted with crowns, which means natural tooth structure will be removed and extra forces will be placed on healthy teeth.
  • Dental bridges don’t preserve your underlying bone and gums since there is no tooth root to stimulate them. This can lead to premature facial aging and gum recession.
  • Dental bridges typically need replacement every 10-15 years. This can outweigh the difference in upfront cost of a dental implant.

At Gilreath Dental Associates, we proudly offer both dental bridges and dental implants at our Marietta office. We will take the time to carefully consider which option is best for your smile, your quality of life and your budget. Call today to schedule your consult in tooth replacement.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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