Smilebrite Family Dental
Dr. Neil Zastre Inc.
110 - 11971 Third Avenue
(entrance on Chatham Street)
Richmond, BC V7E 3J9
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Implant Supported Bridge
If you are missing several teeth, an implant-supported bridge can provide a solid alternative which offers many benefits over a conventional denture. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support. For many people who are missing teeth dental implants are the next best thing to having their own teeth.
A bridge is created to fill a space created by a missing tooth. Although the materials generally used in a bridge are strong they are not as solid as the original tooth structure they are made to replace. With proper care and routine professional checkups and cleanings your bridge can last for several years.
A bridge is a good treatment option to replace missing teeth. If nothing is done to hold the space then the teeth around the opening will likely drift out of position. A common three unit bridge for example will ensure that the teeth on either side of the opening are properly prepared to hold the ‘replacement’ tooth in place. The look and feel of a bridge can be a natural looking part of your mouth and smile.
Patients with missing teeth may soon realize that some form of treatment is required. Many problems can occur if missing teeth aren’t replaced. The space left by a missing tooth cause the teeth around the space to move, this shifting can result in a change to a patient’s overall bite. An increased risk of gum disease and further tooth decay are also concerns when treating a patient who has missing teeth. As teeth shift and your bite is impacted, your speech may also be noticeably affected.