Bridges and Dentures
Bridges and Dentures are an effect way of providing a fixed solution for missing teeth where implants aren’t appropriate. The bridge is anchored onto the adjacent teeth to be able to provide our patients with a fixed solution.
Solutions for gaps and missing teeth.
At your initial consultation, Dr Harry Singh will go through with you any concerns that you may have. A through examination is then carried out which includes 2 x-rays. If any further x-rays are required for the assessment, you will be notified at the time.
We will carry out a full examination of your mouth, including an oral cancer screening to check for any lumps or bumps that shouldn’t be there. An assessment is made of your teeth and gums; and then all of this is discussed with you. All health and cosmetic issues are addressed; all options discussed and Dr Harry Singh will create a transparent treatment plan suited to your needs.
Miss Elizabeth Summan, the treatment co ordinator, will then go through everything with you again, go through any questions with you, book your appointments and provide you with your treatment plan and information leaflets for you to take and away and look through.
Bridges and Partial Dentures FAQ
This is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps) to help keep the denture in place in your mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.
Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against.
Metal partial dentures are usually made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium, and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Although the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more expensive than plastic ones.
It can take up to 6 months for your gums to heal properly after an extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture before the bridge is fitted.
Dentures may break if you drop them. Alwaysover a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop it.
To clean your dentures, the general rule is: brush and soak every day. Brush your dentures first, to help remove any bits of food. Use a non-abrasive denture cleaner, not toothpaste. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Make sure you brush all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface that fits against your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
Soak your dentures every day in a denture-cleaning solution. This will help remove any plaque and stubborn stains that are left. It will also help to disinfect your dentures, leaving them feeling fresher. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Don’t keep your dentures in overnight unless there are specific reasons for you to keep them in.
Your dental team may recommend taking out your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you do this, it is important to leave it in water to prevent any warping or cracking.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
The cost will vary depending on the size and type of bridge you need. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan before starting any dental treatment. Although a bridge may seem expensive it should last many years.
Dental bridges typically don’t hurt. In fact, when your dentist is working on your teeth to prepare them for a bridge, he or she will use local anesthesia to numb the area. After the numbing agent wears off, you may experience some slight pain and sensitivity, but an over-the-counter pain medication may be all you need to feel better. If you have severe pain, contact your dentist right away because this isn’t normal.
Traditional, fixed bridges are permanently cemented in your mouth. But if you opt for a removable, partial dental bridge, then you can remove it at any time. Many patients remove bridges while they sleep and for cleaning purposes.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 10 years. But sometimes, patients can use the same ones for decades! However, the durability of dental bridges is dependent on a variety of factors; including how well you take care of your teeth, where the bridges are located, and the materials used to create them.
For treatments of £500 and above, you will be able to apply for 0% finance. You can use the 0% finance facility to fund more than one dental treatment. Applications must be made before treatment commences.
Full terms and conditions will be given by the provider at the time of application.
Options are available to borrow an amount sufficient to cover any treatment plan that we offer, subject to your credit application. Repayments are made in monthly instalments collected by direct debit.
Here are some examples:
Yes, 0% finance is just that. Paying off your treatment over 12 months or less, you simply pay for your treatment and nothing else. You pay no interest on the loan amount. Your total treatment cost is simply divided over the number of months you wish to pay it off, up to a maximum of 12 months.
Longer payment terms are not possible. We offer interest free finance up to a maximum period of 12 months.
Apply in 3 easy steps:
- Agree your treatment plan and prices with your dentist
- Before you begin treatment, you will receive a link by email and text to apply online. It only takes a few minutes to apply on your phone or desktop. You can also apply in the practice, where our team will guide you through the credit application process. The credit decision is instant. The finance application will not impact your credit score.
- Once credit is agreed, your treatment can commence.
Our finance plans are delivered through our finance partners. Your application is made directly with the lender. Up to date terms and conditions will be issued to you at the time of application. Please check these terms carefully before you enter into any agreement.
Please note that if a finance plan is cancelled after the 14 day cooling off period, then there is a 3% admin fee charged.
You’ll need an email and mobile phone number. Also, please have to hand the debit card that you would like to use to pay the deposit and monthly instalments.
You may be asked for a payslip if our lender can’t electronically verify your income.
Yes, our lender provides a free online account where you can repay early at no extra cost. Simply click on this link, login with your email address and select “Make a repayment”.
Yes. Before you sign your loan agreement, you can select whether you would like to pay on the 8th, 18th or 28th of the month.
We hope that you will be happy with your treatment with us. If, for any reason, you require a refund for treatment that is covered by your finance plan, this needs to be processed via our lender. In the first instance, please speak to your practice who will be able to advise the correct course of action. Please note that if a finance plan is cancelled after the 14 day cooling off period, then there is a 3% admin fee charged by the finance provider.