If you’ve suffered damage to one or more of your teeth that’s caused tooth loss, it doesn’t have to be permanent. At Passes Dental Care, we provide dental procedures in our Great Neck, NY, general dentistry practice that can restore and replace missing teeth. There are various methods of tooth replacement. One method that we’ve successfully used for our patients is the application of a “Maryland” bridge to replace their missing teeth. The “Maryland” bridge is particularly useful for missing front teeth or as a temporary replacement for missing teeth in adolescents.
What Are Bridges?
Bridges are used to fill the gap where a tooth is missing. The dental device uses adjacent teeth as a bridge to attach the replacement tooth. There are several different types of bridges: a cantilever bridge, a fixed bridge, and a “Maryland” bridge.
Why May I Need a Bridge?
When there are unfilled gaps between teeth, the integrity of your remaining natural teeth can be compromised. Gaps can cause your teeth to shift, causing bite issues and issues with your jaw. Missing teeth can also increase your risk of gum disease. Why? Because the gum that was once protected by a tooth is now exposed, making it easier for bacteria to get into your gums.
What Are “Maryland” Bridges?
A “Maryland” bridge is a device that can be attached to your teeth to give you an artificial tooth where your own tooth is missing. The process by which the “Maryland” bridge is attached is different from that used for other types of bridges. The fixed bridge and the cantilever bridge use abutment teeth (adjacent teeth to the missing tooth). Crowns are added to the abutment teeth with an artificial tooth affixed between them. The abutment teeth are used almost like anchors.
A “Maryland” bridge uses two metal bands that act as anchors, and those metal bands are attached to the two abutment teeth. The metal bands are made to match the color of the existing teeth, and the replacement tooth is made to match the color of the natural teeth. The replacement tooth is anchored between the metal bands and fitted into the gap.
What Is the Process for Getting a “Maryland” Bridge?
The process for getting a “Maryland” bridge is not as invasive as you may think.
First, our dental professionals will prepare your teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. We do this by etching the back of the adjacent teeth. This is important because it creates a better surface for the metal bands to adhere or bond to. After that, the bonding agent, composite resin, is applied to the back of the adjacent teeth, and the metal bands are applied. The attached replacement tooth is fitted into the gap. Finally, the resin is cured to secure the metal bands to the teeth.
Caring for Your New “Maryland” Bridge
Now that you’re sporting a new tooth, it’s important to do your best to take care of it so it will last a long time. The best way to care for your bridge is actually the same way you maintain the health of your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing twice daily. You want to be sure to clean your teeth very well, particularly where the metal bands are attached. You want to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar there, which can lead to further issues. And if you have any concerns about your bridge, never hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment so we can have a look at it and make any repairs or adjustments that you may need.
What Other Services Do You Offer?
In addition to doing “Maryland” bridges for our patients, at Passes Dental Care, we provide a wide range of dental services, including:
Even after having your tooth replaced with a “Maryland” bridge, it’s important to maintain the health of your new and natural teeth and gums. You can receive everything you need to maintain your dental health with our general dentistry care. We provide routine teeth cleanings and full dental exams, fillings, crowns, and tooth and wisdom tooth extractions. We strive to take preventive steps to protect the health of your gums and teeth, and when issues arise, we’re experienced in treating them to get you back to optimal dental health.
We provide full dental care for children from the time they grow their first tooth onward. We provide preventative care as well as address tooth damage that may require extractions, fillings, or sealings.
In addition to bridges, we provide other restoration services to fix our patients’ damaged teeth. We perform front, back, and upper teeth dental implants and create and fit our patients with high-quality dentures when they need them.
We know how important the look of your smile is. So we offer several cosmetic dental treatments and procedures, including teeth whitening and veneers, to fix colored or stained teeth, broken, chipped, or crooked teeth, as well as to fix gaps and spaces in between the teeth for aesthetic purposes.
Gum disease can be a serious issue and can compromise the health of your teeth. We provide periodontal care for our patients who need treatment for their gum inflammation and disease.
Our dental professionals perform root canals for patients suffering from pain inside their teeth.
We also provide sedation therapy for anxious patients. Additionally, we use the Invisalign system and provide treatment for excessive snoring, sleep apnea, and TMD or TMJ disorders.
About Passes Dental Care
Dr. Harvey Passes founded Passes Dental Care in 1975 to give the North shore community in Great Neck, NY, access to high-quality, comprehensive dental care. His goal of reducing anxiety in dental patients is demonstrated by how welcoming the entire practice is to everyone who enters our doors. Our desire is that our patients leave Passes Dental Care happy and satisfied with the care they received and feeling great about their smile.
Call Us Today
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, a “Maryland” bridge may be the perfect solution to restore your smile. The dental professionals at Passes Dental Care have decades of experience applying bridges to improve the look of our patients’ teeth and prevent damage to their natural teeth and gums. Call us today to schedule a consultation or appointment at 516-858-5921 or contact us online.