Patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, dental shifts, and an undesirable sunken facial appearance. In addition, missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are costly to treat. Bridges are a great option in replacing missing teeth.  There are usually two appointments for your dentist to place your bridge.  During the first appointment, your dentist prepares the teeth next to the missing teeth.  He either takes digital pictures or an impression that the lab technician uses to make the bridge.  The dentist makes a temporary bridge and sends you home.  You will return for a second appointment where the dentist will cement the permanent bridge closing the space where there were once missing teeth.