Are you looking for dental bridgework but concerned about cutting the adjacent teeth? Don’t worry, at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry we provide a Maryland Dental bridge to restore your beautiful smile. The Lane DDS team is experienced in all dental treatment options.
The Maryland bridge is a famous dental method used to replace a missing tooth, without preparing the adjacent teeth. It is made up of a metal framework with a porcelain tooth attached. The framework has metal wings that are fabricated to have a porous surface so that they can have a bonding agent. The Maryland bridge consists of two wings added at the back part of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
How Does a Maryland Bridge Work?
A Maryland bridge is fitted in areas of the mouth that are under less stress, such as the front teeth. This kind of dental bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the gap. A Maryland bridge works by anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more adjacent teeth.
The Lane and Associates Family Dentistry dental team bonds that metal framework of the Maryland bridge from the false tooth to the supporting teeth. A composite resin is used to attach the bridge without removing the tooth surface of the adjacent teeth. This kind of dental bridge works successfully for patients who have good oral hygiene and healthy neighboring teeth.
Are Maryland Dental Bridges Permanent?
A Maryland bridge is a permanent dental restoration that can replace a missing tooth. These bridges are like conventional bridges, but are bonded differently. The dentist helps you get a perfect smile by attaching the prosthetic tooth to the teeth on either side of the gap.
How Long Does a Maryland Bridge Last?
According to the expert dentists of Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, a Maryland bridge can last up to 10 years. Remember that the bridge may de-bond, so visit your dentist right away so that they can re cement it easily.
Pros and Cons of Maryland Dental Bridge?
Just as with all dental procedures, there are pros and cons to Maryland bridges too. Some of the pros of getting a Maryland bridge are mentioned below:
- The treatment process is non-invasive
- A Maryland bridgework is a low-risk process
- Minimal preparation is required to get a Maryland bridge
- The treatment offers fast results
- These bridges are cost-effective compared to other types of dental bridges
- It does not require your dentist to remove healthy tooth enamel
- It does not permanently change healthy adjacent teeth
- Maryland bridges give you a seamless smile
- Maryland bridges allow you to brush easily
- They generally last a long time
It is always imperative to consult the dentist for a customized treatment plan. The disadvantages of Maryland dental bridges are as follows:
- Maryland bridges may not be feasible for molars in the back of the mouth.
- Maryland bridges may require to be re-attached every five to eight years
- If a Maryland Bridge is not cleaned properly, it can cause tooth decay
- A Maryland bridge has an artificial tooth that may not perfectly match your natural teeth
- To be a good candidate for Maryland bridges, the patient should have good oral hygiene and no tooth decay
- Dentists do not recommend getting a Maryland bridge if you are missing more than two teeth
Which Teeth Can You Get One On?
You are an ideal candidate for a Maryland bridge if you are looking for a reliable and aesthetic solution for replacing your missing front teeth apart from the posterior teeth.
The Maryland bridges are recommended to only those patients who do not have dental decay on the supporting teeth and have excellent oral hygiene.
Maryland bridge use cases:
According to the dentists of Lane and Associates Family Dentistry, there are a few indications for a Maryland bridge which are as follows:
- If there is a missing tooth, a Maryland bridge is the perfect choice for you
- If the teeth are missing in the anterior part of the mouth
- If aesthetics is the main concern, a fixed type of porcelain Maryland bridge is a perfect choice
- A Maryland bridge is perfect when adjacent teeth have laminates on the facial or outer surface
- Good moisture control
- Healthy oral cavity and good maintenance
If you think that a Maryland Bridge could be a good option for you, contact Lane and Associates Family Dentistry. All you need now is to book an appointment for an initial consultation with Lane DDS to see if you are a suitable candidate.