Where a tooth is missing it can be replaced using the teeth on either side of the gap providing they are strong enough.
The process of preparation is the same as for crowns except that the dental technician attaches the missing tooth to the adjacent crowns at the laboratory stage. The resulting bridge is cemented permanently, avoiding the need for a denture.
The importance of replacing missing teeth
he pictures below show the result of not replacing missing teeth. The teeth either side drift into the space and fall over. This results in loss of supporting bone. The opposite teeth grow into the gap resulting in a poor bite and unwanted spaces between the teeth. The result is difficult to keep clean and can be unsightly.