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Your NC dentist discusses how to care maximize the lifespan of dental bridges

When a tooth has been damaged, we may consider repair with a dental crown that provides full coverage. In our NC office, dental bridges may be considered as a restorative treatment after tooth loss or extraction. Dental bridgework has, in fact, been one of the most common forms of tooth replacement for well over a century. For many, the speed and cost of dental bridge treatment may be very appealing, though we do also encourage patients to consider the long term benefits of dental implants. In consultation with Dr. Hatcher, you have the ability to obtain the information you need to confidently choose the type of tooth replacement best suited to your unique needs.

A sad statistic related to dental bridgework shows us that this form of care often fails within a few years. The success of your bridgework is fortunately largely within your hands. When the dental bridge is the chosen form of treatment, we discuss with our patients the best way to maximize the lifespan of their restoration.

Crowns and bridges are made of materials that will resist corrosion. This means that the actual restoration cannot develop cavities. The concern with bridgework, in particular, is the risk to "anchor" teeth, the natural teeth on each side of the empty space that stabilize the bridge appliance.

The most common type of bridge is the fixed bridge. While ideal for stability, the fixed bridge poses a small challenge to routine hygiene. At the center of the bridge is the artificial tooth or teeth, which sit on top of the gums. In the small space beneath, bacteria and debris can accumulate. Should this occur, the acidic byproduct from tiny microorganisms can weaken healthy gum tissue and cause decay in nearby enamel. If gum tissue becomes weakened around the anchor teeth that have been crowned, infection may occur near the tooth's root.

The good news is that debris and bacteria can be managed with careful hygiene. Dr. Hatcher works with patients treated with bridgework to develop healthy home care habits that promote longevity in their restoration. During routine exams, our team carefully checks all areas of the mouth, taking extra care around the bridge. We also demonstrate, as needed, how to brush and floss around the bridge so that health is preserved in the months in between dental visits.

We partner with our patients in the care of their teeth and their restorations. Call (336) 383-1482 for your appointment with our friendly, experienced team.

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I had never been to this office and had an emergency this morning - my regular dentist was out of town - and I can't say enough about how well my 8 yr old was attended to by Dr. Sona!! Last night he lost about half of a front permanent tooth and she repaired it and gave great care and comfort to him and me! She is highly skilled and caring!


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Alisia did a beautiful job in cleaning Mike's teeth. I watched every move. Had concerns how he would respond but it all went well. Her recommendation for another visit in 3 months is exactly what I think he needs as well. God Bless All of you & the staff

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I have been a patient of Dr. Hatcher's for almost 4 years and enjoy the helpfulness and positivity of the entire staff. My cleanings, X-ray experience, and procedures have been thorough and beneficial to maintaining my health. Dr. Hatcher and his entire staff are wonderful to work with through dental anxiety. My fiance has had a deep fear of dentistry for many years. Dr. Hatcher's staff was very understanding and accommodating to his needs. They worked with him through the X-Ray and exam process and ensured his comfort with what was happening. On the day of oral surgery, the staff was very helpful and ensured he was comfortable and properly sedated during the procedure. They kept me informed of what was happening. They were very helpful to ensure that his pain was managed, we were informed, and proper healing was occurring. He doesn't remember the procedure itself, which is good. This has alleviated his fears to the extent that he is ready for future procedures and the overall health that they bring. Thank you for all that you do to bring quality dental care to your patients with the needs a whole person approach.

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I've been going to Dr. Hatcher for a long time and will NEVER leave this practice. It's one of the most professional and personable practices there is. Wonderful dental care and wonderful staff.

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My 2 1/2 year old would not open up her mouth or have anyone look at her teeth until we saw Dr. Sona. She LOVED it and is still talking about her pink tooth crown from her check-up!

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Took my mother to see Dr Hatcher, him and everyone in his office was amazing. They actually care about their patients and the well being of them. I refuse to ever go to another dentist and I will recommend him to everyone I meet. Thank you so much for all your help!!! A++++++++++

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The doctor and team are amazing. They take their time to get to know you and find out what is important to you. Wonderful experience with a great office that is so professional and knowledgeable! Highly recommend!

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Dr Hatcher is very talented. The entire team listens and cares. It's wonderful that I can go to the dentist and not feel judged anymore. Thank you Dr Hatcher!

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Dr. Hatcher and his staff are a wonderful group of people. He is knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and an overall excellent provider.

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Dr. Hatcher's practice philosophy is unique, unlike any other dental office in the area. He takes time to get to know his patients and you actually get greeted by name and a handshake! He is up on the latest techniques and his passion shows. Highly recommend Dr. Hatcher and team.

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I just wanted to say that Dr. Sona is awesome! Thanks so much for working with our patients. Your services are so very much needed and we are extremely appreciative!

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Not only is Dr. Sona and her staff knowledgeable and friendly, but they listen to the patient’s needs to ensure a pleasant and productive visit. Thank you!

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We took our almost 3 year old daughter in for her first "official" checkup. She had gone to my dentist office a few months ago, but would not open her mouth. Dr. Sona and Brittany were awesome with our daughter and she did great this time. Luckily, no cavities! All of the staff that we met were pleasant and welcoming. Happy to have been recommended here.

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The staff were extremely helpful during all phases of planning, everyone demonstrated the hightest level of professionalism, and the procedure went off without a hitch (as far as I can tell, though I may have tried to bite someone while under anaesthetic. I hate the dentist office THAT much!) I am looking forward to my next visit, which is a never-heard-before statement regarding dental visits. Dr. Hatcher and the staff provided a level of customer concern and care that I've never experienced anywhere else, especially in a dental office. Kudos to all of you for a job well done, and for transforming what I'd considered to be a fate worse than death into a pain free, pleasant, and even fun experience!

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Been going to this office many years!! Love the staff, they always take good care of me!!

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My first visit to Dr. Hatcher went great! The whole staff was really nice and very organized. You can tell the importance they place on customer service, it shows! Everything in the office was updated and comfortable, which was great. I would highly recommend Dr. Hatcher and his practice to anyone in the area.

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Once again, I have just returned from a stress free, pain free trip to "the dentist". That's because MY dentist is Dr. Steven Hatcher in Greensboro, NC. His entire staff is so friendly and personal that I never feel rushed or like I am just another patient. Today I got the special treatment of actually getting to have bite wing x-rays, something my severe gag reflex has prohibited me from having in many many years. Dr. Hatcher has state of the art digital equipment that is available for use on patients like me. Thank you for a great cleaning and for your patience with me. I am all smiles! :)

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Excellent patient care, from all the staff. Gentle, friendly and professional.

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They did a great job with my cleaning. Very thorough and it’s always nice to hear Doctor Hatcher say “ You’re in good shape, Bernie.” WOO HOO!

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Very professional and friendly staff. Dr Hatcher is very approachable and friendly. Everyone there makes you feel comfortable and calm while visiting a place that is probably not near the top of anyone's favorite places to visit list.

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Dr. Hatcher and his staff are terrific people, they make you feel comfortable the moment you walk through the door. I'm terrified of the dentist but for whatever reason I felt very at ease in their office.

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Okay, I'm not a huge fan of visits to the dentist, but I have NEVER had a bad experience in your office! I had been a former patient of Dr. Grubb, so I was a bit concerned when I heard he was retiring. No need to worry about that any more.. I’d recommend your practice to anyone!

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Prompt appointments. Friendly staff. Quality work. Available if you need them. Quick without being rushed. What more can you ask for in a dentist?

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The staff not only exceed my expectations for my personal dental care, but they provided wonderful care for my children. I don't have to worry about my children fearing dental care, they now look forward to it. Thank you so much!!!

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Best Dentist and staff in Greensboro!

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very professional and personable staff, Felt very relaxed and comfortable with everyone. Dr. Hatcher exceeded my expectations with his obvious fund of knowledge and compassion.

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