A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration procedure where a fixed bridge is used for replacing missing teeth. This is usually achieved by fixing an artificial tooth or teeth to adjacent dental implants or adjacent teeth. Basically, it is used to bridge the gap created by missing teeth. The dental bridge will cover the area where one or more teeth are missing. Dental bridges are fixed to the dental implants or natural teeth around the gap to give it support.
A dental bridge usually consists of at least two crowns/anchoring teeth for the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap. These crowns/anchoring teeth are known as abutment teeth and have at least a false tooth in-between. That is, a dental bridge consists of an anchoring tooth followed by false teeth and then an anchoring tooth. This false tooth is called pontic and is usually made from porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of these materials.