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Q: What is a bridge?

A: A bridge replaces one or more missing natural teeth. Although the spaces created by a missing tooth may not be visible, they can cause a variety of problems. Each tooth performs a specific function and helps keep the dental arches in their proper positions and balance. A bridge prevents the remaining teeth from drifting out of position and causing stress to the tissues of the mouth, along with improving chewing ability, speech, and appearance. The patient cannot remove a fixed bridge. It is cemented into place and is firmly attached to the natural teeth that are next to the space. A bridge usually will last longer than a removable appliance, although patients often select the removable bridge over a fixed bridge because it is less expensive initially. However the lifespan of a removable appliance is shorter so the savings are questionable. The other advantage of a fixed bridge is that they look and feel better.