If a tooth is lost, it is important to replace it with a false (or artificial) tooth as soon as possible. This procedure will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of line and causing other problems.

A bridge is also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed partial denture.” A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and is held firmly in place by healthy teeth on each side of the missing one(s). You cannot take a bridge out. It is permanent.

A dental bridge is placed on the teeth or implants on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. In order for a dental bridge to be placed, your doctor will shape the neighboring teeth or implants so that they can support the bridge.