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A traditional dental bridge procedure is usually performed in several steps. The bridge is anchored to teeth or implants on either side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth. If the anchor teeth or implants are strong and healthy, they are shaped so that they can be covered with crowns attached to the false teeth in the bridge. Sometimes, however, the anchor teeth are damaged or unhealthy and must have root canals before they can be shaped for the crowns. Once the anchor teeth are ready, they are shaped for the crowns during one visit to the dentist. At the next visit, the crowns and bridge are put into position and cemented in place. You may need one or more additional visits to make sure the bridge fits correctly.