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Maryland Dental Bridges
(Adhesive Prosthetics in London)

There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. Maryland bridges are appealing as they do not involve any surgery or invasion of adjacent teeth.

Simply put, a Maryland bridge is a fake tooth fabricated with a wing, which is then bonded to an adjacent tooth. Traditionally they were made with metal and ceramic but these days we can trust full ceramic ones, which are more aesthetic.

The anchoring tooth requires only very minimal preparation (no local anaesthetic needed), which is quite different from conventional bridges. The bonding strength is very durable but their success does depend on the power of the patient’s bite. That is why Maryland bridges are more commonly used on specific teeth, such as incisors.

This procedure is especially suitable for adolescent patients for whom implantation due to future jaw growth is not yet possible. For adults, this procedure can be a valuable alternative to consider compared with the dental implant treatment option.

Prof Christian Mehl

Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

A certified implantologist and prosthodontics specialist with 20+ years in dentistry, I conduct clinical research, teach at University of Kiel, and contribute to implant system development. Recipient of the Camlog Research Award, I frequently publish and deliver global lectures.

Clinically reviewed by: Dr Raul Costa

Treatment Duration

90 minutes


From £2,000

Combined Team Experience

25+ years

Recovery Time

1 hour

Our Google Rating

★★★★★ (4.9)

What’s the difference between an adhesive bridge vs. implants?

If you need a dental implant you may still be able to consider an adhesive dental bridge. Let us show you what an adhesive bridge is, and how we make them in our video with before-and-after pictures.

Our Reviews

Based on 93 reviews
Natalia Sassoon
Natalia Sassoon
Great service and care with Dr Shravan. Highly recommend his service and the clinic for all their help. Thank you!
Bianca Skinner
Bianca Skinner
Excellent practice! Such a lovely practice. I have been a client of Raul Costa's for many years. He is incredibly professional, experienced and I trust him completely.
Alex Popa
Alex Popa
Hi, I have been recommended to Wimpole Street Dental Clinic. Booked an appointment for check up. My Dentist was Dr. Raul Costa. During the check up, some issues were discovered. Everything was explained into detail, and with the beat solution's. On the spot Dr. Raul Costa has dealt with the minor issues, which it was really great and helpful. For my next appointment, we had to work for at least 1 and a half hour. To be honest I am not really good in sitting for so long in a dentist chiar, and doing all sorts of procedures. But Dr. Raul Costa made it look, and feel very easy taking and comfortable. To be honest at one point I did fell asleep, which this never happened to me, during dental practice to my body. I am more than happy with the results, and also with the type of quality materials used. I have already recommended the clinic and Dr. Raul Costa to a few friends and family, which they already been there, and they are very happy. Can highly recommend Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, Dr. Raul Costa and all their professional stuff. Alex
Verity Wilkinson
Verity Wilkinson
I can’t recommend the clinic enough! I am a nervous person when it comes to dentistry but was made to feel immediately at ease by all the staff. Christian and his team are incredible!
Alexander Higgs
Alexander Higgs
Expertise shown by Dr S Chawla was excellent, calmed any nerves I had and let me know everything that was going to happen before doing anything. Gave a detailed plan and was able to answer any question I had for him. Unfortunately 2 Bitewing X-rays did not load so was exposed to unnecessary radiation. Hope they correct this Fault for future patients.
Mehmet Ali
Mehmet Ali
I’ve had fixed implants( top and bottom) at this clinic . I could not be happier with the result. Dr Dejan Dragisic preformed the procedure and I can not recommend him highly enough . The whole team at this clinic are very professional, helpful and friendly . Dr Dejan Dragisic explained the whole procedure and put my mind at rest the whole whole time I was in the chair . I had very little pain afterwards . Worth every penny .
lailaa carr
lailaa carr
Excellence. I can't say this enough. Just Excellence, from the moment I walked in to when I left. I was very nervous after bad experiences over many, many years with other dental practices, resulting in me not going to a dentist. The receptionists were very kind and understanding, making me feel at ease. Prof Dr Christian Mehl was extremely patient, respectful, attentive, and assuring, and he explained everything to me. My treatment was smooth and flawless, with absolutely no pain. He is, without a doubt, a true professional. I have my faith restored, but most of all, I have finally, finally found a dental clinic and a dentist I can trust. I can't thank everyone enough. I don’t normally write or trust reviews. If you are reading this, then I assure you, you can trust this one.
Bernhard Raschke
Bernhard Raschke
Brilliant team (receptionists, dentists, nurses), brilliant patient experience and top quality work. Real professionals with a big heart!
Donna Williams
Donna Williams
6 star service and care! What a fabulous experience- worth every £. Exceptional dentistry from surgeon Dr A El-Awa , top tech used to ensure my 2nd molar was extracted in the most efficient, comfortable ( pain free) and caring, personal manner. Unbelievably well treated by all staff, front desk to Dr’s assistants Alice and Anna. Simply beyond expectations. Thank you ! Don’t hesitate to book this top class, clean and professional clinic. Off the charts, excellent. Actually looking forward to the follow up treatment programme for the rest of my mouth!! And I came up from Brighton to Central London for this. Well done. Best £££’s worth in a very long time!

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Why choose Wimpole Street Dental Clinic for Maryland bridges?

In our clinic in the heart of the medical district in London, we have a highly trained specialist in this area of dentistry – Professor Mehl. With more than 100 Maryland dental bridges placed and several of his peer-reviewed national and international publications in circulation, he is an expert dentist in this specialist field. In addition to his expertise, we have the support of our dental technicians who are highly experienced in the use of this resin-bonded dental bridge technique.

A custom-made adhesive bridge can cost less than you might think. Please consult our fees page for more information. 

Meet your dentists who are experts in Maryland Bridges…

  • We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
  • 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
  • We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.
Prof Christian Mehl

Specialist in Prosthodontics & Dental Implant Surgeon

Dr Raul Costa

Aesthetic and Restorative Dentist

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Fields of application

At what age can Maryland dental bridges be used?

If dental implants cannot or should not be used, the adhesive bridge is mostly used for single-tooth gaps. The dentition carrying the bridge should be free of caries, cavities and/or fillings. There is only an age limit for two-winged and splinted adhesive bridges in adolescents who are waiting for the eruption of their permanent teeth. Adhesive bridges, which are not used to splint two teeth together, can be used for children and adolescents. Maryland dental bridges are mainly used in adolescents if the teeth are missing congenitally or due to accidents or if a gap has formed after orthodontic treatment. In adults, the most common cause of tooth loss is due to gum disease or a failing root canal treatment.


How many teeth can a Maryland bridge replace?

Adhesive dental bridges or Maryland bridges are a way to re-establish congenitally or otherwise missing front or back teeth easily, quickly and beautifully. We cement the bridges invisibly to one or two healthy neighbouring teeth. The adhesive dental bridge should not generally re-establish more than one tooth in the upper front and back areas of the mouth. In the lower front region of the teeth, a maximum of four teeth should be replaced and only if the jaw is straight in this region. Large back molars cannot be replaced with adhesive dental bridges because the chewing forces in this area are too great and they risk fracturing the bond between the bridge and the tooth enamel.

How should a Maryland dental bridge be designed?

We have the choice between using double-winged or single-winged adhesive bridges. At your consultation at our dental clinic in London, we will decide together your best treatment option in this case and as presented. We nearly always recommend a single-winged all-ceramic adhesive bridge, as it has been proven in various scientific studies to be an extremely reliable treatment option. If you are interested to observe how we have solved a handful of cases with Maryland dental bridges please visit our video library.

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What materials to choose?

The most common choices are metal-ceramic or all-ceramic (porcelain) to create an adhesive dental bridge. Porcelain bridges are, however, superior to metal-ceramic bridges in terms of aesthetics and biocompatibility. If metal wings and framework are your preferred choice then a non-precious alloy is favourable. The best material for this type of dental bridge, however, is zirconium dioxide. 

What are the preconditions for a Maryland bridge?

An important prerequisite for the treatment of adhesive bridges is the adjacent (abutment teeth) being free from caries or cavities and having sufficient tooth enamel. The intact enamel is needed to bond the false tooth – the cantilever – durable to the adjacent teeth. Smaller fillings in the abutment teeth can be left in place but should be specially treated (conditioned) before the dental bridge is bonded and should be fully enveloped by the bridge’s wings.

It is also important that the size of the gap corresponds to the tooth to be replaced for the perfect fit. If you grind or press your teeth, this issue needs to be considered. If you have already received orthodontic treatment, an eight to six-week retention phase (no more active movement of the teeth) should be honoured prior to the insertion of an adhesive bridge. In all guidelines for all-ceramic crowns and bridges, single-wing all-ceramic adhesive bridges are listed and recommended as an evidence-based therapy. In addition, single-span adhesive bridges with ceramic frameworks to replace single or two incisors that are missing next to each other are now the standard in dental care during adolescence to address this dental problem.

Who is not suitable for dental bridges?

In order to achieve the best result possible when restoring your smile with this type of dental bridge, there are certain conditions to meet. It is important that the degree of rotated or tilted teeth is not too great and that the present gap should always fit the width of the prospective false tooth. The adhesive surface on the anchoring tooth immediately next to the pontic (false tooth) should be sufficiently large enough to accommodate it. If it is so low due to fillings, abrasions, or other circumstances then the adhesive bridge cannot be guaranteed to hold, so a dental prosthesis with an implant should be considered. Other dental treatments are also preferred if the patient practices contact sports (e.g. boxing, karate, ice hockey, etc.). In the case of a very deep bite,  grinding and pressing of the teeth, caution is also required when using adhesive bridges, since in these cases they are exposed to pressures which can lead to the loss of the denture (debonding).

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