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Dental Bridges are false teeth called pontics often used to replace one or more missing teeth.  They fill the space of the missing teeth and are fused to crowns on either side of the empty space. The crowns serve as anchors for the bridge.  Bridges may be made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold or ceramic depending on location and other factors the dentist will take into consideration. Beyond improving appearance, bridges can prevent movement of neighboring teeth, helping ensure alignment of teeth and bite.  Oral hygiene is especially important when having a bridge.  

On your first visit, the dentist will most likely reduce the size of the natural teeth that are on either side of the space of missing teeth in order to ensure crowns fit appropriately over the natural teeth serving as anchors for the bridge.  An impression will be made for manufacture of the crowns as well as the bridge.  Temporary crowns and bridges will be placed while the lab manufactures crowns and bridge.  On a subsequent visit, the dentist will place permanent crowns and a permanent bridge.