A bridge is a type of tooth replacement that uses existing teeth as anchors to fill the vacant area. This option is often used when dealing with one or more missing teeth. The bridge closes the gap with a false tooth, typically made from ceramic to blend with your natural teeth. A traditional bridge uses the adjacent teeth, which are called abutment teeth, to replace one or more missing teeth in between. It does this by capping, or crowning, the existing teeth with a false tooth/teeth connected to these crowns. While dental bridges are effective for dealing with one or more missing teeth, they are not suitable for everyone. Bridges require a strong foundation. If the adjacent teeth are too weak or too severely decayed, a bridge may not be a viable option. Another situation that may not be appropriate for a dental bridge is when a tooth that would need to be crowned for a bridge, would not benefit from a crown. This is the case when a tooth has little to no existing fillings, cracks or decay and would otherwise be strong enough by itself without the need of a crown. If your adjacent teeth offer proper support and warrant crowns, dental bridges can help restore your smile and ability to chew properly. You may also notice that your speech and pronunciation improve.