If you are missing a tooth and want to fill the gap, you may want to talk to your dentist about different restoration options. One option that you may want to look into is a Maryland bridge. Like other bridges, Maryland bridges contain a floating false tooth, or pontic, that adheres to adjacent teeth. But instead of covering the adjacent teeth with crowns like a traditional bridge, Maryland bridges bond the false tooth to adjacent teeth with a metal or ceramic framework. Here are four advantages of getting Maryland bridges over other restorations.
They are More Affordable
Maryland bridges might run about $1,100 to $2,300 for one false tooth, while traditional bridges can be as much as $12,000 if you need multiple false teeth. And if implants are involved in the bridge restoration, then that can tack on thousands of dollars to the overall price. If you only need to replace one tooth, then it may be beneficial to go with the budget-friendly Maryland bridge.
The Procedure is Minimally Invasive
With traditional bridges, your dentist may need to replace adjacent teeth with implants or place crowns over adjacent teeth to support the pontic. With a Maryland bridge, there is no need to remove healthy teeth besides the pontic. Instead of placing crowns over adjacent teeth, your dentist will lightly shave your anchor teeth to place the bridge's "winged" framework. Some people may not respond well to general anesthesia or local anesthesia, but these bridges can be placed without any kind of anesthetic. Your dentist will lightly shave the enamel, place the bridge, and apply and cure resin to the framework to secure it in place.
They Aren't Noticeable
In the past, Maryland bridges may have been noticeable since the metal framework could make anchor teeth appear darker. However, if aesthetics is a concern, you can now opt for all-ceramic options which can blend with surrounding teeth.
They Can Be Permanent or Temporary
If a child or young adult loses a tooth, they may not be eligible for invasive restorations, like implants, because their jaw is still growing. Some studies say that other restorations, like partial dentures, may be inconvenient for adolescents, so Maryland bridges are a great option since they can replace missing teeth and be easily removed when a person is old enough to explore more permanent options.
These are just a few advantages of Maryland bridges. For more information about dental bridges, reach out to a local clinic.