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Welcome to Bridges Dental Care!
You’ll notice a difference as soon as you meet our friendly front office team. We offer a full range of services, all under one roof! Whether it’s cosmetic dentistry, adult braces, or simply an exam and cleaning, we’ll always give you the highest quality care with a smile. Call us today at 931-647-3960 and experience the difference!
Scott Bridges, DMD
Dr. Scott Bridges is proud to provide gentle, quality dental care to residents of Clarksville and Middle Tennessee. Originally from Paducah, KY, he graduated from Murray State University and was president of his class at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Bridges has volunteered for several organizations and enjoys charitable work. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities and is a third-generation pilot who enjoys flying airplanes in his spare time. Dr. Bridges is a member of several advanced dentistry organizations and is one of only a handful of Dentists in the nation to hold Diplomate status with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He has practiced Dentistry since 2003.
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Certified Durathin Veneer provider
- Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces provider
- Certified Clear Correct invisible braces provider
- Midwest Implant Institute
- MDI implant provider
- Diplomate, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Tennessee Dental Association
- Eighth District Dental Society
- Atlanta Center for Dental Excellence, Board of Directors
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified
- Published Author
Emily Boyd, DMD
Dr. Emily Boyd is a native of Hopkinsville, KY and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Wofford College in South Carolina. She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry with honors and subsequently completed a hospital residency in General Dentistry. Dr. Boyd enjoys helping people achieve their optimal oral health and best smile.Dr. Boyd is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association and the Eighth District Dental Society.Services Cosmetic
Cosmetic dentistry is a dental service that encompasses not only the health of the teeth, but also their aesthetic value. Various products and procedures exist within cosmetic dentistry with the goal of improving both the well-being and visual beauty of the teeth, giving the individual a higher level of self confidence in themselves and their appearance. Some examples of services provided by a cosmetic dentist are:
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental implants/dentures
Teeth bleaching, also known as teeth whitening, has been around for many years and has become so advanced and widespread that certain dental companies have attempted to market their own form of at-home tooth whitening products. While there is some merit to these home bleaching kits, there is nothing that can usurp the peace of mind of having a professional, nationally board-certified dentist operating on your teeth. Dr. Bridges can effectively complete the entire whitening process in only a few short visits, compared to weeks of wearing whitening strips or mouth guards while you sleep.
Porcelain and composite veneers are effective aesthetic cover-ups for damaged or stained teeth. Although some veneers are designed to be removable, most are permanent and are bonded very tightly to the tooth they are protecting. The advancements in technology have improved bonding agents to the point where it is quite common for veneers to stay active for 20 years or more.
Cavities are painful and unsightly infections of the teeth that must be filled with inert material so the recently purified fissure is not re-infected. This was most often done using a compound containing silver known as amalgam that fulfilled its purpose, but also contrasted quite vividly with the pearly white color of healthy teeth. Contemporary fillings called dental composite resin are much closer in hue to the natural color of teeth. This allows the tooth to be protected but still look like it was never touched by a dentist.
Dental implants are any sort of artificial tooth replacement designed to fill the void created by a missing tooth. There are many types of dental implants ranging from individual crowns to large scale dentures. A cosmetic dentist can ensure that not only will the most comfortable replacement be found, but it will be implemented in the most accurate and aesthetic manner possible.
Straighter Teeth The Easy Way
Most everyone knows that your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you for the first time. if you’re worried about the impression that you make because of misaligned teeth, you may not be putting your best face forward. Reluctance to smile, laugh, or open wide when singing, for example, can affect your social and professional relationships. So what are you to do? Traditional orthodontia offers a great solution to the problem, however, many people would rather avoid the metal-mouth look that regular braces provide. You may think it will make you look less professional. You may be embarrassed to admit that you didn’t address your crooked smile when you were younger. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with the discomfort, frequent appointments, and length of treatment that are associated with braces. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Invisalign from Bridges Dental Care in Clarksville, TN may be able to solve all of these problems with one revolutionary treatment.
Clear Braces Save the Day!
By now, you probably know a little about clear braces. Since 1999, patients have had the option to choose this product instead of traditional orthodontia. But you may not know how it is carried out. When you visit Bridges Dental Care for an orthodontic consultation, we will evaluate whether our clear aligner straightening system is the best solution for you. If clear braces are suitable, we will make molds of your teeth and oral structures that will be used to develop a treatment plan in conjunction with Align Technology’s laboratory. The laboratory will then create your series of custom-made, removable clear plastic aligners.
Benefits of Invisible Braces
- The most obvious benefit is the invisibility. You won’t have to worry that you appear unprofessional due to metal braces. Most people will not even be aware that you are straightening your teeth until the process is completed.
- Comfort. Metal braces can irritate and even abrade soft oral tissues. Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic that will not snag your lips or cheek tissue.
- Another benefit is the lack of dietary restrictions. Because the aligners can be damaged by foods, you will be instructed to remove them before eating. This results in the ability to eat your favorite foods as usual.
- Oral hygiene is not compromised. Removal of the appliance allows you to brush and floss your teeth as you always have, reducing the risk of orthodontia related tooth decay dramatically.
- Because you will simply be switching to a new aligner every two weeks or so, you will avoid lengthy adjustment appointments that are required with traditional orthodontia.
Though this is a very effective treatment for many patients, like any medical or dental procedure, it has limitations. Only a well trained, qualified dentist like Dr. Scott Bridges can evaluate you for invisible braces. If you are a good candidate for this procedure, your treatment time may range from 12 to 24 months. When you receive your aligners, you will be instructed as to their use and when to progress to the next aligner in the series. When you finish with one aligner, keep it safely stored with the rest. In some instances it is necessary to return to a previously used aligner. You should also always carry a protective case with you so that you have a safe place to store your aligner when you remove it to eat. Additionally, it’s important to know which products (such as mouthwash) or beverages may result in staining your aligner. You don’t want to turn your supposedly clear aligner a strange color, you’re trying to avoid having it noticed! Dr. Bridges will be able to advise you on the right type of cleaning preparation to use to keep your aligners clean and clear.
Make the Clear Choice Today!
You can learn more about Align Technology’s clear braces here. Call Bridges Dental Care at (931) 647-3960 to make an appointment for your consultation today! We’d love to see a big, beautiful smile on your face.Implants
Tooth loss is a common condition that can occur as a result of disease, trauma or poor dental hygiene. The best treatment for tooth loss is to replace the missing tooth, which can help prevent gum damage and tooth damage, as well as restoring comfort and confidence in social situations. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to support tooth replacement structures such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants help patients regain the ability to eat, speak and smile without the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace the roots of the missing tooth. The replacement structure is supported by the implant, and looks and feels like a natural tooth. Implants offer permanent results and full functionality, which can result in people not knowing that you lost teeth in the first place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits over other tooth replacement methods. Implants provide a natural replacement that looks and feels like your own tooth. Since the implants are drilled directly into the gum and act as a natural tooth root would, patients can enjoy the same comfort and confidence they experienced before tooth loss.
Implants provide sturdy, long-lasting results by preventing bone loss and gum recession. They do not sacrifice the strength of neighboring teeth like traditional bridges do, preserving your overall tooth health with added strength and reliability.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are placed during a series of appointments over several months. During the first procedure, the titanium anchors are placed in the jaw. Over the next three to six months, the anchors heal and fuse to the bone, a period known as osseointegration. Small posts are attached to the implant to help provide stability for the replacement tooth. After the anchors heal, the patient is fitted for replacements, which can be installed during the next appointment. Implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia.
A crown can be used to replace one tooth, a bridge can replace several teeth, and a full bridge or full denture can replace all teeth. The replacement teeth can be treated just like natural teeth and require regular home care and dental visits.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are recommended for patients in good general and oral health. A certain amount of bone in the jaw is required to support the implant, so a bone graft procedure may be required. Dental implants can be used for people who have gum disease or problem teeth, currently wear dentures or have bone loss. Most people see successful results from dental implants. Implants are not recommended for children because their jaw bones are not fully developed and can affect the appearance and function of the implant.
Proper oral hygiene is essential as we age. People over 35 lose more teeth because of gum disease than because of cavities. Periodontal, or gum, disease is actually a broad term that encompasses several different conditions of the gums, including gingivitis and periodontitis. Three-quarters of all adults are affected at some point in their life. The best way to prevent periodontal disease, as well as cavities, is through a regimen of thorough daily brushing and flossing.
Most cases of periodontal disease develop because of bacterial plaque that builds up on the teeth over time. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that stimulates an inflammatory response and causes the body to attack itself. When it is not removed, plaque hardens and causes tartar to develop on the teeth, which cannot be removed through brushing at home. The tissues and bone that support the teeth are gradually destroyed by this process. You can reduce your risk of developing gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis. This includes carefully brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It is important for patients to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques to ensure that teeth are adequately cleaned.
The products you choose for your dental hygiene can also play a role in keeping teeth happy and healthy. There are many options on the market but the best dental care products will be successful for the majority of patients.
Seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning on a regular basis is also essential to maintaining good dental health, as he or she can remove plaque and other substances that have built up on the teeth over time. Your dentist will recommend other prevention techniques you can take to help maintain your health and prevent gum disease and serious dental conditions.
Our Comprehensive Exam will include a thorough examination of your head, neck area, mouth and throat. It will include only the necessary x-rays to make a complete diagnose.
We will be looking for any abnormalities or risk factors that would prevent you from having optimal dental health or keeping your teeth for a lifetime Including:
- oral cancer
- periodontal disease (bone loss)
- joint/jaw disorder (TMJ disorder)
- poor bite/crooked teeth
- blood pressure
- smile analysis
Teeth Whitening at Bridges Dental Care
As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words. At Bridges Dental Care, we believe that smiling is one of the most powerful actions when it comes to first impressions. In fact, a beautiful, white smile instantly gives you a warmer, younger appearance and positively affects what others think of you. We know that a dazzling smile can help you look and perform your best. At Bridges Dental Care, we offer teeth whitening in Clarksville, TN for our patients who want to instantly and easily improve the appearance of your smile!
A brighter smile has a wide range of benefits. It gives you more confidence, makes you look younger and improves your overall appearance. It is also one of the most economical cosmetic dental procedures. Whitening your smile is easy, painless and affordable. We offer several different ways to brighten your smile.
At our office we use Sapphire Whitening. This system has been proven to brighten smiles up to 8 shades brighter in just one hour. It is an extremely safe procedure since the system does not use UV rays for better patient protection. This means it also decreases the amount of sensitivity that patients experience.
How does it work?
This whitening procedure is popular with patients because it dramatically changes the appearance of your smile in just one visit! After a brief preparation time, there is one hour of bleaching. The bleaching is achieved through a light-activated whitening gel. This gel contains hydrogen peroxide that allows oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin of your teeth. When oxygen is incorporated into deep levels of the tooth it erases stains and discoloration for a whiter smile.
Patients experience very little to no pain during this procedure. Most patients simply watch television, listen to music or sleep until the procedure is complete!
We also offer custom take-home whitening kits. These kits allow our patients to brighten their smile at home and on their own time. The trays are created to tightly fit the curves and grooves of your smile. Our dentists will provide professional strength whitening gel that is used to line the trays before use. The trays are generally worn between four to eight hours per application depending on your needs.
Studies show that people with whiter teeth are viewed as more attractive, successful and confident. Don’t wait to improve your life with these procedures. For more information on how to achieve a brighter smile with these simple and affordable procedures, call us today at 931.647.3960 or visit us at our office!TMJ Treatment
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the small joint located in front of your ear where your skull and your lower jaw meet. The TMJ moves every time you talk, yawn, chew or swallow. It is one of the most frequently used joints in your body.
If you place your fingers in front of your ears, on the triangular structure in front of your ear, you can feel the joints on the left and right sides of your head. Then move your finger just slightly forward and press firmly while you open your jaw all the way open and shut. The motion you feel is in the TMJ.
There are three classifications of TMJ Disorders:
- Internal Derangement of the Joint-This occurs due to a dislocated jaw, displaced TMJ disc or injury to the lower jaw
- Degenerative Joint Disease-This occurs due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or a perforated TMJ disc
- Myofascial Pain Disorders-When pain and discomfort in the muscles around the jaw joints, neck and shoulder occurs, this can cause TMJ dysfunction
The causes of TMJ disorders are often considered multi-factorial and may be related to the following:
- Trauma to the head or neck
- Oral habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Bad bite or missing teeth
- Misalignment of the upper and lower jawbones
Treatment of your temporomandibular joint disorder may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Your treatment may include short term care such as pain medication, muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy and, at times, stress reduction counseling.
If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is joint damage, surgery may be indicated. Surgery can involve from the least invasive, arthrocentesis, to arthroscopy or open joint surgery.
Many people experience anxiety about undergoing dental work or even visiting the dentist at all, a fear known as dental phobia. This can keep them from seeking proper dental care and may be compromising their dental health. Relief for patients with dental phobia is now available through Nitrous Oxide.
Nitrous oxide is available for patients who are nervous, sensitive, or wish to have extensive dental work completed in a single visit. You’ll first breathe pure oxygen through a mask or tube. Nitrous oxide is then slowly added to the oxygen, helping you feel more comfortable during the procedure. You will remain awake but feel calm and relaxed.
The following forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home. By filling out these forms ahead of time, you will save a significant amount of time during your visit.
- Debit Card, Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover
- Financing through CareCredit®
- On line payments via Smile Dash
Most major dental benefit plans are accepted, including Tricare
(931) 647-39602313 Rudolphtown Road
Clarksville, TN 37043