Dental bridges are restorations that replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is a false tooth or teeth which are attached to adjacent teeth in the mouth.
Maryland (sticky) bridges
This type of bridge has a ‘wing’ that attaches to the back the adjacent tooth. It does not usually require the removal of any tooth enamel to fit it. The disadvantage over a longer period is that is not as good as withstanding high chewing forces which may cause it to come off. Therefore it is not suitable for replacing teeth further back in the mouth, and we will need to look carefully at the way your front teeth bite together in order to assess your suitability for this type of bridge.
Fixed (conventional) bridge
This type of bridge involves the preparation of the teeth either side of the space to allow the attachment of a bridge tooth to these adjacent teeth. This type of bridge is better at withstanding high chewing forces and is suitable for replacing teeth at the front, and further back in the mouth.
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