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A bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth. The purpose of a bridge is to fill the space where a tooth is missing. It quite literally bridges the gap of the missing tooth. Left unrestored, spaces left by missing teeth can affect the rest of your teeth, even causing chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, existing teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way teeth fit together and may change a person's bite, making the jaw sore. Teeth may also become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

How do bridges work?
The procedure for a bridge is similar to that of a crown. It takes two visits before the bridge is complete and permanently cemented in place. During the first visit, cleaning and shaping prepare the remaining teeth so they are the right size and shape to fit the bridge. Impressions are then taken and sent to the dental laboratory to make a custom bridge. Finally, a temporary bridge is created in-office to wear until the patient's follow-up visit.

The second visit involves fitting and cementing the permanent bridge. Your dentist will check the patient's bite, adjusting the bridge if necessary, then apply the permanent cement to the bridge and insert it into place.
Before the bridge, teeth are shown with the space where a tooth has been lost.
Teeth next to the gap are prepared for placement of the bridge.
The custom-made bridge is placed over the prepared teeth.
The bridge is cemented in place.