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Hamilton Family Dentistry
Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 641-0432

Dental Implants v. Bridges

March 15th, 2022

Dental implants and dental bridges are both part of our dental restorative measures at Hamilton Family Dentistry. Patients ask about implants versus bridges, but this is not an either-or scenario. Dental bridges and dental implants are used together to achieve smile restorations for patients. If you have missing teeth, we can use dental implants and bridges to help you regain the function and beauty of your smile. 

What are Bridges?

Dental bridges are an appropriate choice when a patient is missing multiple teeth. You can stabilize a dental bridge by attaching it to the surrounding teeth, but this can cause stress on your existing teeth. Dental bridges can be supported using dental implants that are secured into your jawbone. Your jawbone accepts dental implants as replacement tooth roots through the healing process. A bridge secured using dental implants will be more stable for chewing and prevent your other teeth from shifting.

What are Implants?

Patients often mistakenly call prosthetic replacement teeth dental implants, but the implant part is the titanium screw. The dental implant or titanium screw is attached to your jawbone, an abutment is placed on top of the implant, and then a crown or bridge is placed on top. A dental implant is placed where the tooth root would go, so it is not visible. Over time, your body will heal and integrate the implant through a process called osseointegration. Dental implants can be used for single tooth replacement, dental bridges, All-On-4, and dentures. 

Determining the Best Restorative Solution

Since the issue is not an implant vs. bridge, you may be wondering what the best solution is for your teeth. Every patient’s smile is unique, so there is no one solution to fix everything. In general, dental bridges, All-On-4, and dentures are only used when a patient is missing multiple teeth or suffering from serious tooth damage. During a consultation, we can review the options for your smile and provide you with cost estimates as well. 

If you are ready to restore your smile, give Hamilton Family Dentistry a call today!

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits are the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.

  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.

  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t hesitate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.

  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.

  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.

  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:

    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.

  • How often should I visit your office?
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    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits are the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.

  • What is periodontal disease?
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    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.

  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
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    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t hesitate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.

  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
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    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.

  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
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    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.

  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:

    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
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    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.

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