Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses: 5 year survival and complication rates

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This review of survival and complication rates of resin-bonded fixed dental prosthesis included 209 studies. The findings suggest overall survival rates of 91.3 % (95%CI; 88–93.7) . The quality of the available studies suggest that this should be interpreted cautiously.

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Molar-incisor hypomineralisation

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This review of molar-incisor hypomineralisation management only included 14 limited quality and mainly observations studies.For molars composites, preformed metal crowns or indirect restorations seem suitable but more high quality studies are needed.

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Amalgam outperforms composite in range of posterior cavity types

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This review of failure rate of single-unit prostheses versus direct restorations in vital posterior teeth included 14 studies (5 RCTs) finding that composite had a significantly higher failure rate than amalgams, regardless of the remaining tooth structure. For teeth with fewer than 2 remaining walls, direct restorations presented significantly higher failure rates than crowns .

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Composite restorations: no difference in longevity with direct or indirect placement

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This review of the clinical performance of direct and indirect resin composite restorations in permanent teeth included 9 small RCTs . The findings suggest no difference in clinical longevity but the evidence is limited.

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Composite restorations: direct or indirect placement?

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Only 3 RCTs could be identified for this review of the long-term performance of direct versus indirect composite inlays/ onlays in posterior teeth. the limited quality of the studies provide insufficient evidence to recommend direct over indirect techniques.

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Anterior composite restorations had good clinical performance

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17 pro- and retrospective studies were included in this anterior composite restoration performance. While low annual failure rates from 0 – 4.1% were found, there is a need for well-designed clinical trials to evaluate the longevity of anterior composite restorations and investigate the specific factors associated with failure.

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EDTA conditioning improved cervical restoration retention

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This trial involving 48 patients found that EDTA conditioning improved the retention of restoration in non-carious cervical lesions at 18 months.

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Laminate restorations in posterior teeth: evidence limited

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This review included 13 small studies of limited quality. While the available evidence suggests there may be no difference, further long-term high quality studies are required to confirm if this is the case.

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Amalgam has lower failure rate than composite in restorations

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8 studies were included in this review comparing amalgam with composite in posterior restorations. There was a statistically significant benefit in favour of amalgam for both restoration failure and secondary caries.

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Cervical composite resin restorations: bevel or not?

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The number of non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs) that will require management in the future is expected to increase. This review was only able to identify 4 RCTs looking at whether bevelling the enamel margin improves retention, so there is limited evidence for the clinician.

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