Do you have a missing tooth? A dental bridge can fill the gap in your smile and restore the function of your bite.
At Nordhus Dentistry in West Wichita, we provide both traditional and implant-supported bridges that are natural-looking and metal-free.
If you live in Wichita, KS, and are in need of a dental bridge, schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron J. Nordhus today.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A traditional bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth, known as a pontic, that is attached to two dental crowns. It is possible to design a bridge with two or three pontics. To fill a gap in your smile with a traditional dental bridge, Dr. Nordhus must alter the teeth on either side of the gap so they can support the crowns. Then, he places the dental bridge over those teeth.
An implant bridge consists of two or three prosthetic teeth that attach to dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that replace lost tooth roots. Because implants fuse directly with the jawbone, they can prevent jawbone atrophy and are the most secure tooth restoration solution. Unlike most general dentists, Dr. Nordhus can complete all stages of implant dentistry.
Why We Use Non-Metal Bridges
We use non-metal dental bridges to provide the best, most natural-looking appearance. Our bridges are crafted from a strong zirconia base which is overlaid with dental porcelain for durability and aesthetics. Porcelain is beautifully translucent and reflects light in a similar way to tooth enamel. Unlike a metal-ceramic bridge, which consists of porcelain fused to metal, you will never have an unattractive gray line at the edge of your gums.
The zirconium-based bridges we use are also compatible with the body. This minimizes the risk of dental sensitivity, and there is no risk of allergic reaction to metals.
What to Expect
Traditional Bridge Timeline
A traditional bridge typically requires two visits to place. During the first, Dr. Nordhus will shape and crown the teeth on either side of the gap and take impressions of your teeth with his iTero™ intraoral digital scanner. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab that will custom-make your bridge. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary restoration. The second visit is scheduled when the bridge is complete. Dr. Nordhus will remove your temporary bridge and affix your new permanent bridge in place. You may require follow-up visits for adjustment.
Implant Bridge Timeline
An implant-supported bridge requires careful planning and a lengthier treatment. First, Dr. Nordhus will take 3-D digital x-rays with his i-CAT® machine to determine the ideal placement for your implants. Next, he will surgically insert the implants in your jaw tissue, where they will heal and integrate with your jawbone within approximately four months. After this process is complete, he will place a connector (called an abutment) on the implant and allow the gums to heal around it. Your dental bridge will be permanently attached as the final step.
Real 5-Star Reviews
Currently without dental insurance due to a lay-off, and had a broken tooth in need of attention. They were very forthcoming with prices for dental work over the phone. Also offer a membership plan to help reduce cost, which is great! Once I arrived to the office they were extremely pleasant, I was taken straight back to a room without wait time ( a nice surprise) Both the dentist and his assistant were very detailed, professional, and comforting. They were time efficient and thorough. The dentist, himself, even called me the next day to check on me and my work wasn't even very extensive. Would highly recommend and look forward to regaining a beautiful smile under their care.View More Google Reviews
I went to Dr. Nordhus in 2005 & had a tooth rebuilt . He did an excellent job. Time passed and I needed more dental work done, but couldn't remember his name so at that time I went to a different dentist. After that, I really researched and found Dr Nordhus again. So thankful to have him and his staff for my dental needs. So kind , caring, and up to date on new techniques. They take time to explain any questions you may have.. I never feel like they are rushing to get to their next patient. Their office is welcoming. I'll admit I'm uncomfortable going to dentists, but I'm comfortable going to Dr Nordhus. Would highly recommend him and his staff.View More Google Reviews