I have two dental implants that had a natural tooth between them. Now that natural tooth needs to be removed and my dentist is recommending a Maryland Bridge. Is it possible to attach a Maryland bridge to the dental implants? I was concerned about attaching the metal to the porcelain. Have you seen this successful?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to bond a Maryland Bridge to a dental crown. That being said, it is tricky. The ideal bond is metal against enamel, not metal against porcelain.
It would have been better if your dentist had anticipated that when you have two dental implants on either side of a natural tooth it is very likely that the tooth will eventually need to be replaced. With that foresight, he could have placed the abutments parallel to one another so that you could have changed two screw-retained crowns to a dental bridge with little trouble.
As it is unlikely that your dentist planned ahead, I would suggest your best option will be to place a third dental implant in between the two others, if there is room.
If not, then you can try the Maryland Bridge, but it will take some preparation of the crowns to make it work.
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