A dental bridge is a fixed device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can affect your ability to chew and talk and change the alignment of the teeth and shape of your face. Dental bridges prevent these problems by filling the gap in your smile with an artificial tooth attached to a permanent dental implant or the natural teeth next to it.

A dental bridge can be made of porcelain or ceramic material. A dental bridge is a permanent fixed device. You cannot take it out of your mouth without help from your dentist.

A traditional bridge is made by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth or teeth between the crowns. The crowns, sometimes called caps, can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns and fill the empty space.

Getting a bridge requires at least two visits. At first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth and covers them with temporary crowns. The dentist may also make impressions of the teeth.

The bridge is placed at later visits.