When one or more teeth are missing, they can be restored by placing crowns on the teeth next to the gap onto which an extra false tooth is fixed. This is called a bridge and can be made out of normally three or more units. A bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed by the patient and should be looked after as well as your own natural teeth as underneath your bridge you will still have the roots that keep it secure. In order to make a bridge, we therefore need other teeth around the site of the missing tooth/teeth to be in reasonable condition. Heavily filled adjacent teeth are not a problem but if the neighbouring teeth are mobile because of gum disease then a bridge may not be the best solution. Alternatives to a bridge are dentures (which are removable by the patient) or implants (titanium screws into the jaw bone). We will examine you first and advise you on the best possible solution.