A bridge is a natural-looking restoration that replaces a missing tooth by attaching to the surrounding teeth. The bridge is supported by crowns or abutments on the adjacent teeth. 

On your first visit, your dentist will shape the teeth to which the bridge attaches and remove any decay. An impression will be taken and sent to a lab so the bridge can match your mouth exactly. While the bridge is in the lab, the patient will be fitted with a temporary bridge. On the next appointment, the dentist will place and cement the permanent bridge.