A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining it permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Types of bridges vary, depending upon how they are made and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.
A bridge is made by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth, whilst allowing contact with the opposing teeth.
Partial dentures can be made wholly of acrylic. Alternatively, they can consist of acrylic teeth on a light metal alloy base: this type of partial denture is more secure and less bulky, but also more expensive.
Patients with a bridge must be careful to clean well underneath.