Why didn’t my dentist mention the option of a Maryland Bridge? I only found it by an internet search.
– Deborah in Kansas
A Maryland Bridge doesn’t work for most cases where you have a missing tooth. Plus, some dentists don’t know how to do them, and there are technical problems with their use in that they aren’t as strong or reliable as a conventional bridge.
If you have a missing tooth, in my opinion the dentist should give you the option of either replacing it with a conventional dental bridge or with a dental implant. In some cases, a removable partial denture may be an appropriate option. Only in special circumstances would a Maryland Bridge or an Encore Bridge be an appropriate option.
– Dr. Hall
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.