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A fixed appliance (prosthesis) that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is made up of false teeth (pontics) supported by anchor teeth (abutments). When a single pontic is supported by a single abutment, the bridge is said to be cantilevered. To stand up to biting forces, most bridges are supported by two or more abutments.

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