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 205 reviews from around the Web.
  • 08/07/2020
         
    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! :)
    07/30/2020
         
    My experience was great here!! The entire staff was very professional and made me feel at ease.
  • 07/16/2020
         
    Always timely. Great service.
    07/01/2020
         
    Took care of my special needs as a stroke survivor and was an unexpected pleasure to go to the dentist.
  • 06/18/2020
         
    6 month checkup during COVID outbreak — they made it safe and comfortable. Dr. Hendrix and his staff are professional and caring.
    06/11/2020
         
    Wonderful experience.. They explained everything thoroughly.. The front desk receptionist was very helpful as well..
  • 06/10/2020
         
    Dr. Hendrix and Lori are always professional.
    05/18/2020
         
    Very informative and makes you feel well at least I'm not a very good dentist person but I feel very comfortable and staff was wonderful thank you
  • 05/12/2020
         
    I cannot say enough good things about this office! I am a total wimp with dental work and this office from front to back is top notch.
    03/04/2020
         
    Small office but professional, courteous & answered all my questions. Top notch!
    02/13/2020
         
    They almost always get you in very quickly and are very accommodating if you happen to have to bring a little one with you.
    02/10/2020
         
    He was very attentive and thorough. I was also impressed at how quickly I was able to be seen on such short notice. I think I’m here to stay!
  • 01/29/2020
         
    Best dental experience I’ve ever had.
    01/28/2020
         
    Best dental experience I’ve ever had.
  • 01/10/2020
         
    Fantastic and experienced staff and Dr Hendrix is not only very knowledgeable but enjoyable to talk to!