A bridge is a partial denture used to replace one or several missing teeth in one spot, using false teeth stuck together to literally ‘bridge’ the gap left behind. Old-style bridges demand the paring down of healthy adjacent teeth, so if you have 3 missing teeth, you’ll also lose normal function of the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to fit the bridge.

Using dental implants to support a bridge means prosthetic teeth can be supported from underneath, leaving healthy neighbouring teeth intact.