Quintessence Int 33 (2002), No. 8 (01.09.2002)
Treatment of a juvenile patient with a maxillary all-ceramic resin-bonded fixed partial denture: A case report
Weng, Dietmar / Ries, Stefan / Richter, Ernst-Jürgen
Treatment of juvenile patients with a missing maxillary incisor is difficult, because an implant cannot be placed until growth is completed. The other minimally invasive alternatives are also problematic: Removable dentures are rarely accepted by juvenile patients, and the conventional resin-bonded fixed partial denture often provides a poor esthetic result because the metal retainer causes the abutment teeth to lose their natural translucency and to become grayish. Moreover, the alveolar ridge defect makes it easy to identify the prosthesis in the pontic area. The present case report describes the prosthetic treatment of a juvenile patient who had lost a maxillary incisor to trauma. To avoid the disadvantages of conventional therapies, subepithelial connective tissue was grafted to reshape the alveolar ridge. The space was closed with an all-ceramic resin-bonded fixed partial denture.