A dental bridge is an appliance which is permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses the teeth adjacent to the space to support the new artificial tooth or teeth.
A bridge is generally made up of two crowns one on each of the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and the false tooth/teeth rigidly attached in between. The bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
Bridges are good if the teeth adjacent to the space need crowns. If these adjacent teeth are healthy and do not need reinforcing with crowns then other treatment options such and implants, orthodontics or dentures should be considered.