Conventional bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is supported by the adjacent teeth. Conventional tooth-supported bridges, if done properly, will last quite a long time while being fully functional and aesthetically pleasing. However, a disadvantage with this option is the necessity to prepare and trim the adjacent teeth so that they could be used to support the bridge.
Maryland bridges are another option to replace a single missing tooth. They are less harmful to the natural teeth as the adjacent teeth to not require much preparation. Instead of shaving the entire tooth, Maryland bridges reply on a metal wing on the side of the false tooth which is then bonded to the back of the adjacent tooth.