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A dental bridge is a prosthesis used in place of missing teeth
and may be removable or permanently attached.
A typical removable bridge will contain a simulated tooth and
wire hooks that grip the adjoining teeth.
A typical permanent bridge will span a missing tooth by removing
the original surface the adjacent teeth and cementing to them
a common crown shaped to the original surfaces of the two mounting
teeth and the missing tooth between. This method is generally
used only for the replacement of the second premolar and molar
teeth (the grinding teeth behind the canine (eye) teeth. The
recipient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under
Instead of a bridge, a partial plate, containing a simulation
of the missing tooth, may be used.