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.

Treatment Duration

90 minutes


From £2,000

Team Experience

25+ years

Recovery Time

1 hour

Google Rating

★★★★★ (4.9)

Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

Clinically reviewed by: Dr Raul Costa

Table of Contents
    Home » Treatments » Maryland Bridges

    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.

    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.

    Meet your award-winning Maryland Dental Bridges dentist and team…

    • 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.

    All-on-4,  Apicectomy,  Bleaching,  Bone Grafting,  Bridges,  Bruxism,  Ceramic Braces,  CM Team,  Corrective Braces,  Crowns,  Dentures,  Fillings,  Gum Correction,  Gum Disease,  Immediate Implants,  Implants,  Internal Bleaching,  Invisalign,  Lingual Braces,  Low Friction Braces,  Maryland Bridges,  Navigated Implants,  Oral Surgery,  Partial Inlays & Crowns,  Prosthodontics,  Retainers,  SS Team,  Treatment of Peri-Implantitis,  Veneers,  Zygomatic Implants

    Mr Ajay Talpada

    Read CV

    Maryland Dental Bridges costs

    Single inlay

    From £1,500

    Multiple inlays

    From £1,200

    Single onlay

    Partial crown
    From £1,600

    Multiple onlays

    Partial crowns
    From £1,200

    Our Expertise

    Nestled in the prestigious medical heart of London, our clinic is privileged to have Professor Mehl, a renowned specialist with a sterling track record in Maryland dental bridges.

    His expertise is backed by over 100 successful placements and a wealth of contributions to dental science through his peer-reviewed publications across national and international forums.

    This expertise is complemented by our team of adept dental technicians, who possess profound experience in crafting resin-bonded dental bridges, ensuring each treatment is tailored to the highest standards of precision and care.

    Contrary to expectations, accessing such high-caliber dental solutions is surprisingly affordable. We invite you to review our fee structure for a clear understanding of the costs associated with our custom-made adhesive bridges, reflecting our commitment to providing value alongside excellence in dental care.


    Maryland Dental Bridges Before & Afters

    Maryland Dental Bridges reviews

    Find out more about our patients, their treatment and why they chose Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.


    Wimpole Street Dental has the highest most ethical standard of work, personable approach, clear and safe procedures, top notch excellence and reliability in treatment provided with utmost professionalism from crème de la crème world class specialists all under one roof.

    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.

    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.

    All-on-4 Implants

    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.

    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.

    All-on-4 Implants

    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).

    Wimpole St Dental Clinic has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references. You can learn more about how we ensure our content is accurate and current by reading our editorial policy.

    • Gutmann JL. The Origin of the Maryland Bridge. J Hist Dent. 2019 Fall;67(2):110. PMID: 32189627.
    • Thompson VP. Whence the Maryland Bridge? The evolution of the adhesive bridge. Dent Hist. 2017 Jan;62(1):9-14. PMID: 29949309.
    • Tezulas E, Yildiz C, Evren B, Ozkan Y. Clinical procedures, designs, and survival rates of all-ceramic resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses in the anterior region: A systematic review. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2018 Jul;30(4):307-318. doi: 10.1111/jerd.12389. Epub 2018 Aug 16. PMID: 30113136.
    • Edelhoff D, Sorensen JA. Tooth structure removal associated with various preparation designs for anterior teeth. J Prosthet Dent. 2002 May;87(5):503-9. doi: 10.1067/mpr.2002.124094. PMID: 12070513.
    Scroll to Top