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A cosmetic bridge can provide you a good option to close gaps for front or back teeth. This does involve using the one or two neighbouring teeth to act as a support teeth (called an anchor or abutment) which will hold the missing tooth (called a pontic) in place.
This can be a long term solution where the bridge is securely fixed to the neighbouring teeth and does not (and cannot) be removed once in place allowing you to chew and function confidently.
A bridge can also be used a part of a holistic smile makeover treatment plan.
Fortunately, modern dentistry can solve problems of missing teeth to restore your mouth back to function and cosmetic appeal. We can use a huge array of treatment modalities to help you achieve the final beautiful smile that you want.
We can also redesign your mouth for a new cosmetically enhanced and improved smile to suit you. Our technology and state-of-the-art advanced systems ensures that we create beautiful natural looking teeth. The final result is where nobody can tell where your missing tooth once was.
A dental bridge is where an artificial tooth (or teeth) is supported by two other natural teeth either side (sometimes more). The natural supporting teeth are called abutments. The artificial teeth are called pontics. A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by any missing teeth.
There are various designs of dental bridges - some require minimal cutting of the two supporting natural abutment teeth whereas others require the supporting teeth to have full coverage artificial crowns on them. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants. The designs are often dependent upon the integrity of the supporting teeth and the number of missing teeth.
A cosmetic bridge is one which not only has functional abilities, but also one that is aesthetically appealing and fits in naturally with the other dentition. Thus combining cosmetics and support in one.
Our experienced ceramist will hand craft your bridge specific to your bite, gap, and appearance of your neighbouring teeth so the gap closure looks natural.
The length of the treatment is dependent upon the type of dental bridge design chosen. For example if you choose an implant-supported bridge, this can take longer to complete than a natural tooth supported bridge due to preparatory work required in surgically placing and healing of a dental implant.For the most part two appointments are needed: one to prepare the abutments, and the other to fit and bond the final bridge once it has been created in the laboratory.
The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.
We are at this stage able to assist you with potential options available to you. Depending on your requirements we can customise and tailor-make individual treatments plans to suit your needs and budgets. You can opt for simple procedures to more complex involved treatments plans to produce your beautiful new smile. Our aim is answer your questions and provide you with the advantages and disadvantages.
We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a hand crafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth. We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
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5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
I cannot thank Dr Doshi and all his amazing staff enough for making me feel so comfortable and at ease.
They have given me something that I have always missed, the confidence to smile, I wish I had taken the step to enhance my life earlier.
The Perfect Smile is unlike any other dentist that I have attended. The friendly atmosphere and facilities are second to none.
Not once was I put under any pressure to go ahead with my treatment, but I'm glad I did. Worth every penny.
Look out anyone who's holding a camera.
2 out of 5 starsposted 3 weeks ago
I suppose being of a certain age one tends to think of a dentist as a NHS doctor, interested purely in your well-being. The Perfect Smile approach is basically not realty about patient well-being (at all) but making a profit, they are of course a private enterprise and only exist to make money.
Nothing wrong with that as long as you know what your letting yourself in for.
The ‘free’ consultation is nothing more than a sales pitch showing you lots of before and after pics and letters of recommendation (all at least 10 years old). Then it start to get expensive, the full consultation is £200 this includes a treatment plan. I did this, my appointment started 15 mins late (no explanation) and before I knew it I had a treatment plan that totalled £32,000. Yes that’s right £32,000.
Ok that was the full Monty (12 veneers etc.) but what was painfully clear is the desire at all time to upsell you to include everything possible chargeable, probably knowing that you would settle for less – but hey you got a nice cup of coffee while you waited.
Ok so Im being harsh, yes probably (as I doubt I will continue the treatment), I got no follow up call, but gritted my teeth (haha) and decided to call them to arrange an appointment for the hygienist (despite having only been 3 months ago they reckoned I needed two one hour sessions costing £250). The incredibly unhelpful receptionists said they had no appointments available for 3 weeks.
At this point I thought hang on let’s compare and contrast ‘perfect smile’ with my usual dentist. My private dentist charges £51 for a 45 min session with a hygienist (available next day), Perfect Smile charge £125 for one hour, assuming you can wait three weeks, a quick search on the internet reveals that Perfect Smile are way more expensive across the board pretty much for all treatments than your standard private (im not talking national health here) dentist.
Of course they are all those sales staff, frothy coffee and glossy adverts cost money, which we the patient have to pay for. So bottom before embarking on any treatment with PS do compare with other private dentists, if you like frothy coffee, high pressure sales, long wait for appointments etc. by all means go ahead, if you’re more financially astute and time sensitive do look elsewhere.
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The free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.