Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, DocShop explains. Bridges contain artificial teeth that are held in place by cement and attach to the surrounding teeth using a crown. The crown is securely attached to the surrounding teeth so the bridge does not fall out.
Missing teeth cause problems with chewing, speaking, shifting of other teeth and teeth misalignment, notes DocShop. The dental bridge can prevent all these problems. Two visits to the dentist are needed to complete a bridge. During the first visit, the dentist shapes the surrounding teeth and prepares for the bridge, and a mold is made of the teeth for a custom fit. The dentist then places a temporary bridge in the mouth until the second appointment when the permanent bridge is placed on the teeth. The dentist adjusts and cements the final bridge before the patient leaves the second appointment.