Bridges fill the gap created by a missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Traditionally, a bridge is created by placing a crown on each of the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Then, a false tooth (or teeth) is anchored to the crowns. The bridge can also be anchored to implants, if needed. The materials used to create the false tooth include: gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic. The choice of material depends on the requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics. Options should be discussed with your dentist. Delaying replacement of a missing tooth can lead to long-term complications, such as bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease, eating difficulties and TMJ. Bridges evenly distribute the force of chewing and biting while preventing dental complications that can occur when a tooth is missing. There is a slight recovery period and it may take some time for you to become accustomed to your bridge, but within a short period your appearance will be restored and you’ll regain normal functionality of your teeth.