Our Services Dental Bridges

Adult teeth may be lost for a variety of reasons, such as advanced periodontal disease, trauma, or decay. If missing teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth often drift out of position. Areas where this has occurred are far more likely to develop gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and decay. Ultimately, the loss of one tooth that is not replaced frequently results in the loss of other teeth.

A bridge is a restorative structure that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of one or more false teeth that are held in place by crowns that are attached to the surrounding teeth. Dr. Hendrix typically makes bridges with a gold alloy substructure or metal free (all ceramic). Bridges are the more traditional fixed (non-removable) option to replacing missing teeth, while implants are gaining in popularity.

Often, people think of bridges as falling under two main categories, "fixed" and "removable." Fixed bridges are cemented in place and cannot be taken out, these are typically referred to as "bridges." Removable bridges are not permanently attached and can be removed at night or for cleaning purposes, these are typically referred to as "Partial Dentures."

Bridges can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by replacing missing teeth. The materials used to create the bridge are made to match the color of your natural teeth, while providing strong structural support.

Procedure

The teeth next to the empty space will be reduced in order to receive the crown portion of the bridge. The fact that the teeth on either side of the space must be crowned may be an advantage of a bridge over an implant if the teeth next to the space are undermined and would benefit from a crown. Conversely, if the teeth adjacent to the space are not damaged a bridge would require the otherwise unneeded removal of healthy tooth structure. Following Dr. Hendrix's philosophy of conservative, minimally invasive dentistry, in the latter case an implant would be highly recommended.

After the teeth are reduced in preparation of the bridge an impression will be taken of the whole area (the teeth next to the missing area and opposing it). This impression is then sent to a lab, and a bridge is custom-designed to fit the area. Just as with the placement of a crown, a temporary bridge will be put in place to protect your teeth and gum while the restoration is being constructed.

We may provide you with a "flipper" in place of a temporary bridge. A flipper is a temporary false tooth that latches onto a metal wire on the adjacent teeth.

Our Services

     
Glenn Hendrix, DMD is rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 82 reviews from around the Web.
  • 09/11/2017
         
    Such welcoming people who treat you like you're stepping into their home, not some clinic!Also super fast procedures and you can tell the staff really cares...
    09/03/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix provides an excellent service and has an amazing bedside manner that kept me informed and comfortable at all times during the procedure.
  • 08/16/2017
         
    I knew I had dental issues and Dr. Hendrix and Lori made me feel so comfortable with their explanations as to what procedures are open and ahead for me....
    08/03/2017
         
    Dr Hendrix and staff are always so kind and I feel I am getting the best treatment and advise on my dental care. I give them five stars.
  • 08/02/2017
         
    My daughter had her braces removed on 8-1-17, a cavity developed on her front tooth I was devastated, school is to start on 8-4-17. I called several...
    08/01/2017
         
    Dr Hendrix and his team are compassionate and caring. I am very happy to be one of his patients!
  • 08/01/2017
         
    I woke up in extreme pain and within a hour the staff and Glenn hendrix had me in office. They made me feel comfortable and took care of me. I would...
    07/29/2017
         
    By far one of the BEST dentist I've been to. Dr Hendrix is so nice and knowledgeable. His examination is thorough and you know exactly the areas or...
  • 07/25/2017
         
    this is a great follow-up service
    07/18/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix is always gentle and takes his time to answer any questions I have. I highly recommend him to friends and family. He's the best dentist I've...
  • 07/11/2017
         
    My time at the appointment was not rushed. The entire time was in a relaxed atmosphere and time was taken to make me as comfortable as could be. The work was...
    06/28/2017
         
    I love this dentist office! They have always been very good to me.
  • 06/22/2017
         
    Pleased with the one-on-one with the Dr. Hendrix and the explanation of my checkup.
    06/15/2017
         
    Thank you for the completely painless root canal. As a nervous patient I was very comfortable and you were extremely professional explaining everything as we...
  • 06/01/2017
         
    Every member of the staff,from medical receptionist to Dr. Hendrix himself, was receptive, knowledgeable and understanding. I had a dental emergency and they...
    05/25/2017
         
    Always the friendliest staff! And Thank you for taking care of me!
  • 05/17/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix and his staff are highly professional and efficient. They take really good care of you. One of the things I like is that you don't have to wait...
    05/17/2017
         
    great staff and dentist!!