Metal Ceramic Restorations


Maryland Bridge

The Maryland Bridge is an ultra-conservative treatment option that enables the dental practitioner to splint or replace missing teeth esthetically with an absolute minimum amount of tooth modification. This type of bridge combines a composite resin cemented to acid etched enamel and an acid etched cast metal framework. The Maryland Bridge improves the bond strength of the restoration three-fold over earlier perforated resin-bonded retainers.

With the Maryland Bridge fixed partial dentures periodontal splints and a variety of other conservative restorations can be placed with a minimum of tooth modification. Abutment teeth are basically left intact and not damaged.

Modifications of the bridge are restricted but all tooth preparations are supragingival (above the gingiva) making modifications kinder to the periodontal tissues and impressions easier to obtain. The preparation for a Maryland bridge does not involve the dentin so sensitivity is virtually eliminated either from the preparation or subsequent cementation procedure. Most importantly as the Maryland Bridge requires little or no removal of tooth structure the treatment is often reversible.


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