A dental bridge is a restoration that fills in the space of a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges consist of a solid tooth (pontic), which replaces the missing tooth and is usually connected to the teeth on either side (abutments). This is usually accomplished by putting dental crowns over these teeth. Without the use of a dental bridge, gaps between teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift. This can cause bite problems, jaw problems, and can contribute to periodontal disease.