A dental bridge is used to replace a gap in the mouth from where a tooth or teeth have been removed.
The ability to have a bridge depends on
- The size of the gap
- The position of the gap
- The quality of the teeth holding the bridge in place
Bridges are an alternative to implants and dentures and offer a fixed solution.
This type of bridge is can be used as temporary measure where the bridge is restoring the gap until an implant can be placed. This is illustrated in the photograph on the right.
The Maryland bridge can also be used as a more permanent measure when replacing a single tooth.
This type of bridge can be made from a variety of materials depending on the length of the bridge and its functional needs.
It is a fixed solution and on average this type of bridge lasts between 7-15 years.