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If you are missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges are an option to help maintain the shape of your face, and to alleviate the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth. A bridge replaces missing teeth by literally bridging the gap where one or more teeth may have been and connecting it with crowns on either side. This is a permanent solution to missing teeth that is cemented in the mouth and cannot be removed.