A bridge is a permanent device used to replace missing teeth. It consists of a pontic (piece replacing missing tooth) and two adjoining abutments (crowns attached on either side). This restoration is cemented into the mouth. Bridges are not only used to fill empty spaces, but also to prevent problems with other teeth. Spaces in the mouth, if left open, may cause existing teeth to shift, lead to malocclusion (bad bite), or jaw problems.
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