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Healthy and strong teeth support and maintain your jaw alignment. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, eliminating the gap where those teeth had been. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared as if making a crown, and the bridge is fabricated to fit over the prepared teeth and is bonded into place, effectively restoring the area to full cosmetics and function. Regardless of the type of bridge recommended, its success depends on keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and strong. Prior to treatment, the adjacent teeth are evaluated for adequate tooth structure and bone support to be certain that the bridge will have a good long-term prognosis. Bridges are a first-line therapy to replace a missing tooth when an implant is not indicated, and are also stronger and longer-lasting than removable partial dentures.