I have two teeth that will need to be treated. They are next to each outhr. I’ve been researching and have seen that a Maryland bridge is an option for a missing tooth. Will it work for two teeth, instead of just one?
-Jeff in Indiana
In some instances, a Maryland bridge will work for two teeth. But it will not work for more than that. That said, you still need to be careful in this case because of the extra stressed placed on the bridge. It would be most appropriate for two teeth on the bottom that are small in size.
When considering a dental bridge, the force and stress exerted to it is important to factor in. The vertical force doubles when there is more than one tooth on a bridge.
Additionally, there is another factor that should be taken into account, as well. The bridge will flex more when there is an additional false tooth it is supporting. The longer the span of the restoration, the more it will flex, which in turn stresses the abutments.
Typically, a Maryland bridge is bonded to the inside of a tooth. And even with only one tooth, some dentists feel that you’d be taking a chance with the Maryland bridge.
So, use this information when you consult with your dentist. Try not to feel pressured and be sure to explore all the acceptable options that may work for your specific situation and budgetary constraints. You may also be interested in evaluating the pros and cons of a dental implant vs a dental bridge. It may be in your best interest to meet with multiple dentists to best compare your options. Thank you for your question.
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