A bridge is designed to replace a gap between teeth. When you think of the word “bridge” you may think of something that reaches across a space to connect two points. A dental bridge accomplishes this by connecting the teeth on either side of a gap and fills the space to restore the functionality and appearance of your smile. The bridge resembles a natural tooth in its appearance and may even match the color of surrounding teeth. It can be made from various materials, including gold alloy, porcelain and metal alloy, or ceramic. If you are missing a tooth, it is important you receive dental attention to prevent further problems. When a tooth is missing, several things can happen, such as other teeth can shift since they rely on surrounding teeth for support. With a gap, the rest of your teeth can become misaligned and the overall functionality of your bite can be negatively affected. The jaw also lacks support as surrounding teeth weaken and can be lost, contributing to gum disease.