A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Similarly to crowns, bridgesbridges require a minimum or two appointments as well. The procedure for having a bridge made is very similar to the crown procedure. At the first appointment the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth (abutment teeth) are prepared as they would be for full coverage crowns. In other words, the abutment teeth, or anchors, are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth. An impression of the area is then taken and again sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated from porcelain, metal, or a combination of these materials. During the second appointment the bridge is cemented onto the abutment teeth, connected by the new replacement tooth or teeth.