I have a partial denture for four missing teeth that needs to be replaced. My dentist suggested a Maryland bridge to replace it, instead of a new partial denture. For some reason I had the impression that they were only good for one tooth, and that it wouldn’t work for four. I don’t know why I felt that way, so thought I’d get your opinion.
Thanks in advance. Shelley-Michigan
You are correct. A Maryland bridge is only to be used for one missing tooth. For those who don’t know, a Maryland bridge is a false tooth that is attached to the adjacent teeth using metal wings that are bonded to the inside surfaces of adjacent teeth. Even with just one missing tooth, they sometimes come loose if they’re under a great deal of stress. Four is just too much stress for it. I sincerely doubt it would even last two weeks before coming loose. Don’t waste your time.
If your four missing teeth are in a row, I would suggest a porcelain bridge. Another option is to have dental implants placed. They are a permanent solution, and are the closest thing to your natural teeth. They are more expensive than a bridge, so you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons.
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