I have a Maryland bridge. It’s been in for about 15 years or so. I didn’t think about it at the time, but with all these scare stories about mercury I’m concerned now. Does the metal that holds the teeth in the bridge contain mercury? Melissa

Melissa – A Maryland bridge does not contain mercury. A Maryland bridge is made of a false tooth attached to two metal wings. It is less expensive than a porcelain-fused-to-metal bridge.

A non-precious alloy or a semi-precious alloy is used for the metal framework. Non-precious alloys contain nickel or beryllium and can cause sensitivity or allergic reactions in some people. The metal in the Maryland bridge can block the translucency of the replacement teeth. The result is a less-than-natural look for the teeth.

This blog post is sponsored by Indianapolis mercury-free dentist Dr. Julia Shalit.