One might wonder why a dental prosthesis like this is called a “maryland bridge?” The technically correct term is an “etched bonded fixed bridge” but since it was developed at the University of Maryland, it has become known as a “maryland bridge.”
To begin with, any dental bridge replaces missing tooth/teeth. Dental bridges are either fixed (NOT permanent) or removable. Fixed bridges can be of traditional design (crowns on teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth) or etched bonded bridges (the Maryland Bridge.) A Maryland Bridge does not require the adjacent teeth to be miniaturized (ground down to little nubs.) Most Maryland Bridges have a much shorter life expectancy than traditional fixed bridges, but they require far less irreversible alteration of the adjacent teeth.
In my Palm Harbor, Tampa area dentist office I have made many Maryland Bridges over the past 25 years but they are still just a tiny percentage of the overall tooth replacement process.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A