A Maryland bridge has one major advantage over other devices that are like it; it does not require that the adjacent or anchor teeth to which it will be affixed to be ground down.  Other apparatuses that are similar to this one require that the dentist make the anchor teeth somewhat shorter by grinding down the teeth.  The result ends up being tooth loss and loss of enamel that, once it is gone, cannot be brought back.  However, with this type of device, only small areas of the back of the two anchor teeth adjacent to the device must have a smoothed area to attach the wing shaped anchors of the Maryland bridge.  This definitely redefines the saying that says less is more.  In this case, it is so true.


A Maryland bridge can be made of several different materials such as porcelain and porcelain infused with metal or gold.  However, gold really isn’t much of an option these days because of the affordability issue with the high price of gold on the market.  Most offices tend to use the second aforementioned material the most.

Once the teeth are prepared through cleaning the decay and filling the area with resin or bonding agents, then they are ready to have a mold made and a temporary placed.  The mold will be sent to the laboratory with which the office works to have the Maryland bridge made.  The temporary will be removed after the permanent device is received and determined to be a proper fit.  If it isn’t a proper fit, the temporary will remain in place until the adjusted device arrives once again from the laboratory.  If the fit is going to work, then the permanent device is placed and cemented.