Maryland bridge Woodstock
A Maryland bridge is a dental marvel that combines functionality and aesthetics to replace missing teeth. This innovative solution comprises a metal framework featuring a porcelain tooth fused to the front of the framework. The resulting structure mimics a real tooth, complete with two metal wings on the sides. These metal wings are meticulously prepared with a porous surface, allowing them to receive a bonding agent that securely attaches them to the back sides of the adjacent teeth, effectively bridging the gap left by a missing tooth. The image on the right offers a visual representation of this technique.
While Maryland bridges offer numerous advantages, there are a couple of aesthetic considerations related to the use of metal. Firstly, natural teeth possess a degree of translucency. Consequently, the metal backing bonded onto the backside of the front teeth may cause those teeth to undergo a slight darkening, causing them to no longer perfectly match the color of the other front teeth. This potential color difference can affect the appearance of the false tooth being replaced, unless properly addressed by a skilled dentist like Dr. Ed Hoben.
It's worth noting that the Maryland bridge has historical significance. Dr. Livaditis, in collaboration with Dr. Van Thompson, pioneered the development of the resin-bonded bridge in the early 1980s. Often referred to as the Maryland bridge, this breakthrough in dental technology was nurtured at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
If you have questions about this innovative dental solution, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Ed Hoben Dentistry at (519) 539-4868. Our dedicated team, led by Dr. Ed Hoben, is conveniently located at 35 Wellington St. North in Woodstock, ON, and is ready to assist you in restoring your smile.