Hendry Dental | Our Services in Littleton, CO

9200 W Cross Dr, Ste 407

Littleton, CO 80123

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Our Services

 

Our Leading Services:

hendry_bridge.pngRestorative Dentistry

Dr. Hendry has many years of experience in providing restorative dentistry procedures that can solve and repair any combination of issues with your teeth; giving you an improved and more confident smile.

Restorative dentistry is available to correct problems associated with cracked, missing or damaged teeth, prevent further oral problems due to improper bite or decay, and replace old dental treatments.

Whatever the reason, Hendry Dental has restorative dentistry options that can easily improve your smile. With his extensive experience with cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Hendry uses cosmetic dental procedures such as a tooth crown, implant dentistry and other cosmetic procedures to ensure that each restorative dental option leaves you with a natural looking smile that will last. Call us today if you need restorative dentistry, whether it’s just a tooth crown or a complete smile restoration. Regain your smile by giving us a call today!

invisalign_img.pngInvisalign®

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

Learn more at www.invisalign.com


TmJ_img.pngTMJ Therapy

TMD (temporomandibular disorders) are problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is why they are commonly referred to as TMJ disorders or TMJ syndrome. Many disorders involving TMJ are hard to diagnose completely because exact causes are unknown.

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the area where your lower jaw connects to your head. When you move your lower jaw up and down, the TMJ is sliding along a disc to allow that movement to be smooth. Although trauma can cause TMD, in many cases it can start without any injury at all. Other symptoms could come from arthritis that affects the TMJ or problems with the jaw muscle or TMJ disk.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint is the medical name given to the joint of the jaw. It is the most complex joint in the body, allowing the jaw to open, close, move side to side, backwards or forwards, or any combination of the above.  The movement of the TMJ is unique in two ways.  Any movement of one side requires “cooperation” from the paired TMJ on the other.  Secondly, it is the only joint in the body whose function is influenced by the contact of the teeth.  Bite related problems can significantly affect TMJ function.  It is worth noting that the TMJ is within 2 or 3 millimeters of the inner ear canal, which can explain why an “earache” is a common symptom of the TMJ disorder.

What constitutes TMJ disorder?

Much has been written in the press during the last decade relating to pain in general and to head pain specifically. It is estimated that as many as 65 million people suffer from chronic head pain. Much of the current literature describes the known causes of headache and facial pain, such as migraine, vascular and tension headaches, but often overlooked is another common cause of head pain- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Pain such as headache, neck ache and jaw joint pain is simply a symptom of disease or disorder occurring in some part of the body that is not functioning properly. TJD is one of the major causes of headache and facial pain.

What problems are often traced to TMJ disorders?

According to the President’s conference on the examination, diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders published by the American Dental Association, the following symptoms are often associated with TMJ disorders:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and/or light headedness
  • Ringing, buzzing or stuffiness of the ears
  • Spasm and tightening in the back of the neck, shoulders or face
  • Clicking or grinding noises on opening or closing of the jaw
  • Inability to open the mouth fully
  • Pain on opening the jaw or while chewing
  • Locking of the jaw either open or closed
  • Pain behind the eye
  • Change in the bite- the teeth do not fit together
  • Bilateral temporal headaches

The majority of TMJ disorders are not accompanied by changes in the bone structure of the joint until the later stages of degeneration. Far more common are “functional problems” restricted motion, pain, noisy or clicking joints in which no large structural changes can be easily identified. Many of these cases will, however have small soft tissue changes (lesions) which can intensify with use, giving rise to degenerative joint disease.

Research of the past 30 years has indicated that many of the initial symptoms can be attributed to what is now termed as Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD). This means the trouble lies in the muscles that move the jaw. Tension habits such as grinding the teeth during sleep (bruxism) or clenching the teeth during periods of concentration are common. These habits can lead to fatigue and spasm of the jaw muscles, which in turn can produce many of the typical symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Another contributing factor to MPD is malocclusion- the improper meeting of the teeth when the jaw is in the closed position.

Treatment

The vast majority of TMJ pain is caused by muscular dysfunction and can be effectively treat with non-surgical methods. It is often necessary to correct any dental disturbances that might contribute to the patient’s problems. Successful treatment of TMJ disorders can be accomplished with dietary changes (soft diet during therapy), muscles exercises, moist heat, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, the placement of an appliance made of clear acrylic over the chewing surfaces of the teeth known as a “splint” can be of great help. This appliance must be worn for a period of time, which varies from patient to patient. Periodic adjustment appointments are required to monitor the progress.

Structural problems, either soft tissue or bony, can often be treated surgically. Several procedures are available today. It is not uncommon for the oral surgeon to place an arthroscope into the joint to examine it and release fibrous adhesions and to rinse the joint thoroughly. This is relative simple and usually done on an outpatient basis. It is important to street ha open joint surgery is ultimately recommended for only a small percentage of persons with TMJ disorders.

cosmetic_dentistry.pngCosmetic Dentistry

At Hendry Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of having a bright, attractive smile. While maintaining our patients’ oral health is our first priority, our comprehensive treatments offer aesthetic benefits as well. In addition to general dental procedures, Dr. Hendry is proud to offer a number of cosmetic dentistry options to patients who wish to improve their smile. From effective teeth-whitening treatments to smile-straightening techniques, we have something to offer everyone.

We offer many cosmetic options to help you create that gorgeous smile you’ve only dreamed about until now. From simple whitening, to more intricate and permanent procedures, we can quickly transform an average smile into a brilliant one! Natural looking alternatives, such as metal-free crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays and implants also look, feel and function like your natural teeth.

As part of his commitment to excellent patient care, Dr. Hendry provides his patients with a number of options for dental treatment. These cosmetic dentistry procedures reinvigorate lackluster smiles, and help patients finally feel good about themselves and their smile!

 
 
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