If you are missing teeth and having trouble speaking or chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure to help make your mouth healthy and beautiful again. Bridges literally “bridge” gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth.  Bridges are considered permanent and are ideal for patients who are missing a a few teeth and do not want to wear a partial plate or denture.  They are similar to a crown which cover a single tooth, whereas in a bridge you would have several crowns fused together to replace the missing teeth.  Bridges can be placed in the back teeth and front teeth and are also very esthetic.  Today, bridges can be made entirely of porcelain so that no metal will show when you smile.