A bridge is a fixed tooth replacement, replacing one or more lost teeth. It is fixed permanently to the teeth adjacent to the gap. It is made from an artificial tooth and the crowns for the teeth on the either side of the gap along with connecting parts. A bridge restores the chewing function of the teeth, gives support to the lips and cheeks, mantains the shape of the face and in certain cases preserves the understandability of speech.
When one or more teeth are lost, the chewing surface is reduced. In some cases adjacent teeth shift or drift into the gap. The teeth out of position make cleaning difficult and facilitate the accumulation of residues of food on the tooth’s surface. This leads to tooth decay and opens a door to health problems with tissues surrounding teeth.