Gaps in your teeth don’t just look unappealing, they can also cause a lot of damage to the surrounding teeth, putting more pressure on them and sometimes straining the jaw. A dental bridge is used to solve this problem, usually by fixing a false tooth in the gap and using the natural teeth to anchor it, holding it in place. There are lots of different types of bridge, made from various materials; a popular option is the Maryland Bridge.
This kind of bridge is made from a specially formulated, highly durable resin, and held in place with metal wings that are fixed to the anchoring teeth. They are generally more suitable for patients with small gaps at the front of their mouth, and not for spaces of more than one tooth.
In the same way as many other dental procedures, your dentist will make an initial impression of your teeth using putty; this will be used to mould your bridge to fit your teeth exactly. This cast, along with some other information such as size and colour preferences, is then sent away to a dental technician who will construct the Maryland Bridge to the exact specifications. It can take a few weeks for your dental bridge to be prepared; when it is ready you will be called in for a fitting. To make sure the fixture can slot in perfectly, your dentist will shave away tiny sections of the surrounding teeth for the metal wings to be attached to. After any adjustments have been made to make the bridge as comfortable as possible, it can then cemented permanently into place. If you have any problems with pain or discomfort, you should mention it at your follow-up appointment, or consult with an emergency dentist if you feel it’s necessary. You can have a Maryland bridge fitted at the Pearl Dental Clinic in London, start by making an appointment for an initial consultation to see if it would be suitable for you.
Maryland bridges are very high quality dental fittings that should last more than a decade, with good care. If you’re unsure of what’s involved in a good oral hygiene routine, ask your dentist or hygienist for some tips on how to take care of your teeth. Treat your bridge like your normal teeth and clean it regularly, you could even purchase some special floss or toothpaste to keep it in the best condition possible. Taking note of most healthy eating practices will help your bridge last longer too – along with your natural teeth, so avoid sugary food and drinks, and rinse after eating to prevent plaque from building up.
Taking care of your Maryland bridge is in the interest of your finances as well as your health. Because the fixtures are quite specialised and take some skill to fit, they tend to be a little bit more expensive than other similar types. It won’t be cheap to replace one if it gets severely damaged, however it’s unlikely to happen if you care of it and clean it thoroughly.
If you have a small gap at the front of your mouth, you could be considered for a Maryland bridge, they’re also great if you don’t like needles, as there is usually no need for any anaesthetic – unless you need some tooth extractions or another procedure before hand.