For people who have lost teeth or have teeth with severe damage, crowns and bridges are necessary for restoring normal function for speech and chewing, and also to improve your smile. A crown restores and strengthens a damaged tooth. A bridge replaces a missing tooth with an artificial one, supported by a crown on both sides, literally bridging the gap where a tooth is missing.
Another benefit of bridges is that they prevent the teeth on both sides of the gap from drifting out of place, and they also avoid further problems later in life that may be caused by overusing only one side of the mouth. They help reduce or eliminate trapped food particles in the gaps or around healthy teeth, thus reducing the chances of tooth decay.