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A bridge is a cosmetic method used to replace one or more missing natural teeth with artificial teeth. Also known as a fixed partial denture, a bridge is composed of an artificial tooth or teeth that essentially “bridges” the space where a tooth or teeth used to be, and is held in place by dental crowns that are bonded to neighboring natural teeth.
Dental bridges come in many different types, depending on the materials they are made from and whether or not they are removable or permanent. Bridges can be made of a number of materials, such as porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these. They can also be removable—in which you are able to remove and clean them—or fixed—which is a more permanent solution and can only be removed by our dentist.
How successful a dental bridge depends on the foundation it is on—the neighboring teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached.Therefore, it is important that you keep your existing teeth and gums strong and healthy by practicing good dental habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth daily and drinking water regularly.