If only one or two teeth are missing, a bridge may be used to replace them. If there are suitable teeth on either side of a gap, it may be possible to use them to support one, or sometimes two, artificial teeth.
Bridges at the back of the mouth are often made of gold, but if the bridge is visible during smiling, tooth-coloured materials may be used.
Bridges are cemented in place, so they cannot be removed for cleaning. To keep the teeth healthy, the gap under a bridge must be cleaned daily using special dental floss - an ordinary toothbrush will not do the job. Your dentist will demonstrate how to use floss under your bridge.