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 174 reviews from around the Web.
  • 01/20/2020
         
    I am very pleased with the work done and the healing process has been a breeze thanks to Dr. Banas. Dr. Banas is second to none! :)
    01/10/2020
         
    Fantastic and experienced staff and Dr Hendrix is not only very knowledgeable but enjoyable to talk to!
    01/09/2020
         
    Fantastic and experienced staff and Dr Hendrix is not only very knowledgeable but enjoyable to talk to!
  • 12/12/2019
         
    Always nice and friendly doctor and staff. Very accommodating and helpful with scheduling. Very family friendly. Highly recommend
    11/26/2019
         
    Friendly staff, provides emergency care, no wait time and the doctor places you at ease. If you go here you will never want another dentist.
    11/21/2019
         
    Caring and professional staff. Keeps you updated on progress, what they are doing, and what the end result will be. Always on time.
    11/19/2019
         
    Kind and caring would best describe all that work here. I didn’t have an appointment, but they managed to get me in.
  • 11/18/2019
         
    Super happy!
    11/18/2019
         
    Kind and caring would best describe all that work here. I didn’t have an appointment, but they managed to get me in.
  • 11/01/2019
         
    So glad I found this dentist!
    10/29/2019
         
    Always a great experience! Staff makes you feel very comfortable!
  • 10/10/2019
         
    He cares about your smile and your teeth...Thanks So Much
    10/03/2019
         
    Great servive!!!
  • 08/27/2019
         
    I had an issue and needed to move up my appointment - the staff was great and very accommodating. The doctor was amazing!