If you have lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if left uncorrected. Gradually, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain and more problems in the future. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Your dentist can create a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite, and alleviate your discomfort.