Implants are becoming more and more common these days and patients are using them routinely to replace missing teeth both in the back and front of the mouth.

The standard of making temporaries for this area has been a flipper which is an appliance that comes in and out of the mouth. Eating with it can be difficult and patients are looking for alternatives to removing this prosthetic from the mouth. A tried and true technique of creating a Maryland bridge from fiber reinforced composite material is a great and cost effective alternative.

I have had several patients who are very pleased with the fit and appearance of these restorations. They involve minimal grooves to be placed in neighboring teeth which can later be filled with regular filling material. This alternative makes the wait time to place a permanent crown much more pleasant, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to the patient.