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Dental Implant or Dental Bridge? Marietta, GA
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There are a variety of reasons that a patient may lose a natural tooth. Fortunately, there is also more than one way to replace it. If have just a single missing tooth, you will likely be faced with the option of choosing a custom dental bridge or a dental implant. Here’s some insight on each solution to help you decide.

Dental Implant

If you choose a dental implant, you will have a small titanium screw placed in the jawbone at the site of your missing tooth. Over the course of a few months, the implant actually fuses to the bone during a process called osseointegration. The top of the implant that sits above the gum line is the abutment, which attaches to a custom dental crown to complete the restoration. Implant dentistry allows patients to replace both their tooth and their tooth root for a long-term and highly durable solution. Most dental professionals would strongly agree; dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth!

Dental Bridge

If you elect to go with a dental bridge, you will be fitted with a pair of crowns that are placed on the two natural teeth that surround the gap. These crowns will have special attachments that hold an artificial tooth in place. Just like its name, this creates a “bridge” for a replacement tooth. While you will certainly gain high aesthetics from a dental bridge, you won’t reap the benefits of having the artificial tooth anchored to the jawbone.

The Right Choice For You

While a dental implant offers clear-cut advantages over a dental bridge, especially in the long-run, there are some factors to consider that make this option not for everyone. Getting dental implants requires that patients be in good overall health. Non-smokers who are free of gum disease are best. In addition, dental implants need a certain amount of healthy bone structure to be successful. While bone grafting and sinus lifts are available for many patients, it is not always possible or affordable for everyone.

The best way to learn which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist. At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we take pride in our commitment to keep patients fully informed of their treatment options before going forward. We want you to have an active role in your oral health, including the right to decide whether you want a dental bridge or dental implant.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


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Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month