Most people would prefer non-removable to removable teeth. I have been a dentist in Palm Harbor for over 24 years and in these two plus decades I have replaced many missing teeth. The Maryland bridge has been an option as a conservative, medium term, non removable choice for tooth replacement for almost 30 years.
This picture shows a new choice of materials for the Maryland Bridge, which traditionally is porcelain fused to metal. This Maryland Bridge was constructed at Glidewell lab in California for a patient in my Palm Harbor dentist office. It is made from composite. The original design was with a metal, not composite material. The metal is stronger and virtually unbreakable, but less cosmetic. The practice of dentistry has always included the use of new and at times non traditional materials. I believe that there is a place for the composite Maryland Bridge. I also believe that there is no universal material of choice applicable in all situations. I will continue to practice dentistry in Palm Harbor, near Tampa for many years.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A