Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. If you have had a missing tooth for a while now this would be one way to fill in the gap of the missing tooth. It’s important to have the gap filled in so the other teeth around it don’t shift. This gap can also cause gum disease and TMJ-jaw joint disorders. A bridge spans the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. Then a replacement tooth is needed to fill the space. This is called a pontic. You have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth or teeth. There are things to consider when making this choice for function, aesthetic looks and cost. The good news is porcelain or ceramic bridges can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. A bridges can last your whole life but sometime they come loose or fall out. Regular checkups can help to keep them intact. But using good oral hygiene in most important. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and using a toothpaste that has fluoride in its daily and visiting your family dentist regularly for a cleaning and a check-up.