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Kennesaw dentists explain the types and uses of dental bridges

A dental bridge is a restorative dental solution to replacing one, or several, missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge is supported by implants or natural teeth. A traditional bridge appliance includes two crowns – one on each side of the missing tooth – and a false tooth that fills the gap. If the surrounding teeth are healthy, they likely will not need much work prior to placing the crown, However, a small amount of the enamel will need to be removed in order for the crowns to fit comfortably and naturally.

There are several other types of bridges. A cantilever bridge is similar to the traditional bridge but only uses a crown on one side of the gap from a missing tooth. A Maryland bonded bridge is created from a metal framework with wings that are attached to back of the existing teeth and a false tooth that fills the gap created by the missing tooth. Because these bridges require less preparation of the surrounding teeth, bonded bridges are usually less expensive. However, the material is usually not as durable. Therefore, these types of bridges are only recommended for teeth that don't receive a lot of biting force.

A dental bridge procedure requires several visits to the office. During the first visit your dentist will discuss your tooth replacement options and the available solutions. If the patient and dentist agree to move forward with a dental bridge, the teeth must be prepared and covered with temporary crowns while the bridge is created. Additionally, impressions and x-rays may be needed to ensure a natural fit.

In most cases bridges will last for five to seven years. The length of time a bridge lasts is due to the support from surrounding teeth. If cavities developing on those teeth near the crowns, it causes the appliance to weaken and eventually break.

Drs. Lan Vo and Sean Breckley of 32 Dental Practice in Kennesaw, GA, have been helping patients restore their smiles for many years. Bridges are one of several options available in their full-service dental practice. For more information about bridges, or other services, call the 32 Dental practice today.
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    Dr. Vo and Dr. Breckly are absolutely fantastic! Never worry about another painful trip to the dentist if you are going to see them. They make sure you are never in any pain throughout the entire procedure. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Vo did a fabulous job, as always. I had four impacted wisdom teeth and they were out before I knew it. I was up and eating solid food the very same day, and could have been back at work if I needed to. My stitches fell out within a few days and everything healed up much faster than any of my friends who saw other doctors. I stayed awake for the procedure, and I would say that it definitely is much better than being put to sleep. It has a faster heal time and less discomfort. My face honestly didn't even swell. I've gone to Dr. Vo and Breckly for minor things before and they have always been amazing, but after my great experience with something more major, I know they are by far the two of the best dentists, I have ever seen.
  • Rating: 5
    Dr. Vo and Dr. Berkley are the ONLY dentists we see. Dr. Vos taken care of my parents, my husband, our daughter and son, and myself for the past 7 years. We love the care and the personal relationship she establishes with her patients. She takes the time to get to know us, our families, our dental concerns, which is NOT the usual in the business.Thank you for everything. Dr. Berkley is very attentive and gently with my children. We came in for a cleaning yesterday and they did great under his medical care. The staff is extremely professional and willing to help. Amazing team. If you have been afraid of the dentist, check them out and theyll change your mind about dentistry.
  • Rating: 5
    My family and I love Dr. Vo. I would suggest this practice to anyone who wants a dentist and staff that truly care about your health and will go above and beyond the typical dentist. I followed Dr. Vo from a previous office, and although this office is farther away, it is worth it because of how caring the staff is.
  • Rating: 5
    Switched to 32 dental after Dr. Breckley left Dr. Goetees practice. Great staff, and nice space. They use the latest technologies and have K cups in the waiting room!
  • Rating: 5
    Dr. Vo is fantastic. She is patient, knowledgeable, and excellent at her job, and most importantly, she takes time to answer your questions and explain any concerns she has about your teeth, so you really know what\'s going on. It inspires me to take better care of my teeth. By far, she is the best dentist I have been been to, and I highly recommend her. No more of those dime-a-dozen dentists for me!
  • Rating: 5
    Liked: Dr vo is awesome, Service, Staff
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