A bridge is used to replace missing teeth with a fixed, permanent restoration. Crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing space, and an artificial tooth “bridges” the space, providing a natural appearance. Bridges can be made from metal or porcelain, with porcelain being the material of choice for ideal esthetics. The success of any bridge depends on its foundational teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. It is very important to keep your supporting teeth and gums healthy.