A bridge may be recommended to replace missing teeth and help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. Leaving missing teeth untreated can lead to additional bone loss, facial shape changes, and wear and tear on remaining teeth that take more force from the missing tooth or teeth.
A bridge literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been missing. Your bridge can be made of alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support to help it last.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached must be healthy. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong to avoid such procedures.