A dental bridge is a false tooth anchored between two natural teeth or implants. This false tooth, or pontic, is typically made of porcelain but can be constructed from a variety of materials including gold and metal alloy. Dental bridges are highly effective and can help restore your smile, improve your chewing and speaking abilities, redistribute bite pressure, preserve your face shape, and prevent teeth from shifting out of position. A dental bridge is one of the more durable cosmetic procedures and can last longer than 15 years with proper maintenance. Unlike other procedures, the dental bridge is reliant on neighboring teeth to ensure success. As such, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing twice daily and undergoing regular dental cleanings. When brushing, be sure to pay close attention to your pontic, which can trap bacteria and lead to complications like gum disease if left unchecked.