A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth by using the teeth on either side of the missing tooth as support. Dental bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviate the stress on your bite by replacing missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a dental bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth have been lost. The restoration can be made from gold, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. It may require the removal of good tooth structure on surrounding teeth. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. A bridge’s success depends on its foundation, so it's very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.