Dental Bridges

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 look like natural teeth and are 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?

Dental bridges are prosthetics that dentists use to replace natural teeth and restore your oral health, function, and appearance. They are smaller than dentures and can restore up to three neighboring teeth. At our dental office in Wichita, KS, our dentist offers two types of bridges:

Traditional Bridges

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. 

Implant Bridges

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.

Implants Restored Phillip's Smile

Using dental implants, our skilled dentist restored Phillip's oral health and function. Phillip can now eat the foods he loves.

Why We Use Metal-Free 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

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

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.

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Consuelo Hubbell

Wichita, KS


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My first time visiting and I am so glad I got to meet this team. Very welcoming staff and an incredible experience. I was educated every step of the appointment.

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Wichita, KS


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Dr Nordhus and staff were excellent.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

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"Dr. Nordhus and the whole team are simply amazing. Humble, professional, and always a delight to work with. Highly recommend."

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