There are many tooth replacement solutions available. One of the most popular treatments for missing teeth is the Maryland Bridge.
What is a Maryland Bridge?
A Maryland Bridge is a tooth replacement solution. The treatment gets its name from where it was created at the University of Maryland. This bridge is generally used to replace missing front teeth. A false tooth will be attached to metal bands. The bands are then hidden with white colored resin which is then attached to the back of the teeth and on both sides. This bridge does not require a lot of preparation on the adjacent healthy teeth.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Maryland Bridge
There are advantages to a Maryland Bridge that make this treatment better for some patients that other tooth replacement methods. The benefits are:
- With this bridge, there is no need for any surgical procedures
- In some cases, no preparation of the adjacent teeth is required. If any prep work is needed it will be minimal.
- Teeth are not trimmed down
- The Maryland Bridge takes less time than some other treatments, making it a quick fix.
As with most treatments there may be some small disadvantages. These are:
- The bridge is only supported by the adjacent teeth on the posterior side. This makes the treatment planning stage very important.
- The metal bands used may cause the teeth they are attached to go slightly darker in color.
- The false teeth are made from porcelain in this treatment which may mean that the teeth may be lighter in color than the surrounding natural teeth.
Caring for and Maintaining Your Maryland Bridge
Taking care of your bridge is very important. The dentist will discuss aftercare with you but here are some useful tips.
Have Good Oral Hygiene – Taking care of your bridge and the rest of your teeth will keep your mouth healthier for longer. This also reduces the risk of having dental health issues in the future.
Brushing Teeth – When you have a dental bridge, it is a good idea to brush your teeth after every meal. This gets rid of any food stuck in between your teeth. If left it could lead to infection. If you do end up with an infection it will mean more dental treatment and it could result in the bridge being lost. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Flossing – Flossing should be part of your routine. This stops the food building up in between teeth and will enable you to clean places a toothbrush can’t reach.
Dental Cleaning – You should visit your dentist for a professional clean around twice a year.
Who Can Have a Maryland Bridge?
This bridge is a great choice for patients that are missing one front tooth. You will only be eligible to have this bridge if you have good oral hygiene. Smokers, patients who have tooth decay and patients with unsuitable supporting teeth will not be offered the bridge.
At Painfree Dentistry we treat patients with Maryland Bridges. We can offer:
- High quality care
- Highly skilled dentists
- Successful tooth replacement
- High quality false teeth
- Efficient treatment
If you would like to hear more about the Maryland Bridge, then contact our friendly and professional team today. Start the journey to the smile you have always dreamed of.