Fibre posts: failure rates and restoration type


This review of complication in teeth restored with fibre posts only included 4 small studies providing little evidence to inform clinical practice

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Fixed dental prostheses: rigid and non-rigid connections to implants


This review considers partial fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) supported by implants and teeth. 10 small limited quality studies were included and suggest they may be an alternative to implant supported FDPs.

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Digital impressions for fixed prosthodontics?


This review of Intraoral digital impressions suggest they provide similar accuracy to conventional elastomeric impressions. However only 2 of the 11 studies included are clinical and these are both small, so the results should be interpreted cautiously.

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Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses


5 studies at high risk of bias were included in this review of the impact of framework design on the clinical performance of resin bonded fixed dental prosthesis. While lower failures were seen with cantilever designs the results should be interpreted cautiously.

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What is the longevity of removable prosthodontics?


This rapid technology review of the longevity of removable dental prostheses focused on complete dentures and partial plastic or metal dentures. It included a small number of systematic reviews, which were of limited quality and based on a small number of small studies. While good 5 year survival rates were found, the quality of the evidence means that the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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CAD-CAM-fabricated implant-supported restorations


Only 12 small studies of limited quality were available for this review on CAD-CAM-fabricated implant-supported restorations. While they showed promising short-term outcomes, they should be interpreted with caution.

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Zirconium based dental restorations –available evidence limited


While this review of zirconium restoration included 27 studies, only 5 were RCTs. Furthermore only 4 studies had more than 5 years follow up. Ten studies included fewer than 20 restorations, so while good survival data was presented, the results should be viewed with caution.

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Review suggests the shortened dental arch may be an acceptable approach


The shortened dental arch (SDA) consisting of ten pairs of occluding anterior and premolar teeth is considered sufficient to provide good oral function. The WHO goal for developing countries of 20 functional, aesthetic natural teeth without resorting to a prosthesis is consistent with the SDA.   The aim of this review was compare the functional outcomes [read the full story…]

ADA-EBD critical summary – survival of various tooth- or implant-supported restorations


This new critical summary from the ADA-EBD Center for evidence-based dentistry looks at a 2012 review from Pjetursson et al  which set out  to assess and compare the 5- and 10-year survival of different types of tooth-supported and implant-supported fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) and single crowns (SCs), and to describe the incidence of biological and [read the full story…]

Same day loading for mandibular dental implants had comparable outcomes to delayed loading


Osseointegrated dental implants have been available since the late 1970s,  initial placement protocols recommended an initial load free healing period. Improved understanding of osseointegration has lead to the use of immediate or early loading protocols.  The aim of this study was to compare the feasibility of loading four implants with a pre-existing denture converted to [read the full story…]