A missing tooth or teeth can be replaced with a bridge. It is a prosthesis that connects artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or implants. When a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space and they begin to shift. The teeth that bite with the missing teeth also begin to move and may result in added tooth loss. As the bite changes, chewing becomes less efficient which affects the jaw joint. It is more difficult to clean teeth that have shifted and the bacteria that accumulates in the hard to reach areas may result in gum disease, decay and permanent bone loss.

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