A Bridge, quite literally, spans the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The new tooth is attached to crowns (caps) that slip over the teeth adjacent to the gap. Bridges are either all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Although in the main Dr Jukes uses all porcelain to ensure you get a completely natural appearance and no unsightly dark line around the edge.
The first step is to take impressions (moulds) of your teeth to make a “diagnostic wax-up” – this allows us to make a model of your teeth and to produce a “trial smile”, essential for the proper planning of your smile. The wax up allows you to see what your smile will look like with regard to the shape and position of the teeth. For simpler cases and towards the back of the mouth we can miss out this step.
Once you have approved the wax model we schedule a preparation appointment. Dr Jukes carefully shapes your teeth; he takes more impressions and fits a beautiful temporary bridge to exactly duplicate the “trial smile”. Fine adjustments are made to the temporaries 3-7 days after they have been fitted. This give time for you to ensure they meet your desires with regard to shape, position and colour. On the final visit, three weeks later, your bridge will be fitted and you walk out with the smile of your dreams.
candidates for a bridge
A bridge can be used for anyone who has a space and does not want to wear a denture. There are many different types of bridges so generally we can make one to fit your situation. However bridges are not always indicated and the best option for you may be an implant or denture. A thorough examination is necessary to ascertain suitability.
To find out more please contact Dr Rob Jukes at Gentle Dental in Salisbury
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