A clinical evaluation of all-ceramic bridges placed in UK general dental practices: first-year results

Russell Crisp, AJ Cowan, J Lamb, O Thompson, N Tulloch, Frederick Burke

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PURPOSE: To report the results at year one of a three-year evaluation of the performance of fixed all-ceramic bridges, constructed with a yttrium tetragonal zirconia polycrystal substructure placed in adult patients in UK general dental practices and cemented using a self-adhesive resin-based cement. METHODS: Ethical approval was obtained. Four UK general dental practitioners were asked to recruit patients complying with the trial criteria and protocol. After obtaining informed written consent, appropriate vitality and radiographic assessments were completed and the pre-operative status of the gingival tissues noted. The teeth were prepared and bridges constructed using the same technician and laboratory procedures. Each bridge was reviewed within three months of the anniversary of its placement by a calibrated examiner together with the clinician who had placed the restoration. The examiners evaluated the integrity of the restoration, its anatomic form, marginal adaptation, surface quality, sensitivity, the condition of the adjacent gingivae, and the presence or absence of secondary caries. RESULTS: All the bridges (n = 38) examined at the first-year review were present, intact and performing well, though one small chip of the veneering porcelain was detected and in two cases an abutment tooth had been endodontically treated through an occlusal access cavity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2008


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