Maryland bridge

Dental bridges are dental restorations used to replace on or more missing teeth. Bridges are usually kept in place by a specialised dental cement making this type of cosmetic dentistry long lasting and effective. Dental bridges are used to replace teeth which are missing by providing a bridge for the gap between the two remaining teeth. Most bridges are made up of a false tooth, known as a pontic, and crowns which are placed on the nearby natural teeth which serves to hold the false tooth in place.

The treatment

To create your dental bridge your dentist will need to take a mould of your teeth in specialised dental putty. Some alterations to the natural teeth may be required in order to make sure there's sufficient room for the supporting crowns. The mould of your teeth is sent off to a special laboratory where the bridge will be custom made. Amongst the most popular types of bridges is the resin-bonded or Maryland bridge. The Maryland bridge is a great option for many patients as very little adjustments to the natural teeth are required when placing it.The maryland bridge is made up of a specialised resin which is then cemented to the enamel of your teeth and a metal framework. This serves to improve the strength of the restorations bond so that Maryland bridges are typically three times as strong as a conventional bridge. Due to the light preparations involved there's no need to expose the part of your tooth known as the dentin, which eliminates the risk of the procedure creating sensitivity in your teeth.

Another benefit of the Maryland bridge is that, because the surrounding teeth don't need to be greatly altered, the process is usually completely reversible.

Caring for your bridge

As with all dental restorations, it's important to maintain a decent level of oral hygiene. If you take good care, your bridge may last upwards of ten years but it's vital that you care for it as you would your natural teeth as your bridge is still vulnerable to damage caused by insufficient brushing and excessive intakes of sugary foods and drinks.