This is an option for filling the space created by one or more missing teeth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth or teeth and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science.
The materials used may be alloys, a porcelain bonded to metal alloys or and all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, aesthetics and patient preference. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. It is more difficult to keep clean, more cavities will arrive, and tooth bone breaks down.