Resin-retained bridges: fibre-reinforced versus metal.

Frederick Burke

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Resin-retained bridges (RRBs) have become an accepted part of the restorative dentist's armamentarium. Despite disadvantages, such as more frequent rates of debonding than conventionally-luted bridges, RRBs hold advantages such as their minimally invasive preparation and reduced cost, along with good patient acceptance. RRBs have traditionally been formed of a metal framework with porcelain coverage: most recently, fibre-reinforced RRBs (FRRRBs) have become available, using fibres to reinforce a laboratory composite material. They may also be formed intra-orally. This paper discusses the current status of indirectly-placed FRRRBs, their principal advantages being their improved aesthetics because they are tooth-coloured, and a principal disadvantage being a lack of long-term clinical research. Clinical Relevance: In cases where the visibility of metal may compromise the appearance of a metal-based RRB, a fibre-reinforced, resin-retained bridge may provide a clinical solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-2, 524-6
JournalDental Update
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008


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