Bridges are dental appliances that can replace missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are not very visible and can restore the natural shape of teeth as well as the proper bite function between the upper and lower sides of the mouth.
There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.