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Quintessence Int 37 (2006), No. 6     3. May 2006
Quintessence Int 37 (2006), No. 6  (03.05.2006)

Page 449-454, PubMed:16752701


Design and use of a prefabricated fiber-reinforced composite substructure for the chairside replacement of missing premolars
Meiers, Jonathan C./Freilich, Martin A.
Fiber-reinforced resin composites (FRCs) have been used to make frameworks to support particulate resin composite veneers in the replacement of missing teeth. Both prosthetic laboratory-fabricated and chairside-fabricated approaches have been used with varying degrees of success. The chairside FRC fixed partial denture has been mainly used for anterior tooth replacement where the emphasis is on esthetics rather than withstanding occlusal load. This article focuses on the use of this technology in the chairside replacement of premolars. The concept of using a prefabricated framework is described in detail. This approach allows for the efficient delivery of a consistently made chairside prosthesis. This is in contrast with the time-consuming and less consistent result of FRC framework fabrication directly in the mouth. The goal for this concept is to use a premade framework finalized by the provider at chairside to provide medium- to long-term posterior tooth replacement, with minimal abutment tooth reduction.

Keywords: direct fixed partial denture, fiber-reinforced composite, particulate resin composite, prefabricated framework