Digital impressions for fixed prosthodontics?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…]

Little evidence available on the effect of prosthetic margin placement on the incidence of secondary caries

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The placement of prosthetic restoration finish line is the subject of much interest and debate. The aim of this review was to assess the effect of prosthetic margin placement on caries susceptibility of abutment teeth Searches were conducted in PubMed, Embase, Google Scholar, Cochrane Central Register of Database of Systematic reviews, Cochrane Central Register of [read the full story…]

Weak evidence for success rates of dental restorations placed on root-treated teeth

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Root canal treatment (RoCT) is a common dental procedure and an understanding of the survival of RoCT teeth and their restorations is an important consideration. The aim of this review was to assess the success rates for single crowns, fixed and removable dental prostheses, as well as for the different kinds of posts placed on [read the full story…]