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Resin-bonded restorations: A strategy for managing anterior tooth loss in adolescence

Published inThe Journal of prosthetic dentistry, vol. 113, no. 4, p. 270-276
Publication date2015

In children or adolescents with anterior tooth loss, space closure with the patient's own teeth should be considered as the first choice to avoid lifelong restorative needs. Thorough diagnostics and treatment planning are required when autotransplantation or orthodontic space closure is considered. If these options are not indicated and a single tooth implant restoration is considered, implant placement should be postponed until adulthood, particularly in young women and in patients with hyperdivergent skeletal growth pattern. A ceramic resin-bonded fixed dental prosthesis with 1 retainer is an excellent treatment solution for the interim period; it may also serve as a long-term restoration, providing that sound enamel structure is present, sufficient framework dimensions have been provided, adhesive cementation techniques have been meticulously applied, and functional contacts of the cantilever pontic avoided. In contrast, a resin-bonded fixed dental prosthesis with a metal framework and retentive preparation is indicated if the palatal enamel structure is compromised, interocclusal clearance is limited, splinting (such as after orthodontic treatment) is required, or more than 1 tooth has to be replaced.

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ZITZMANN, Nicola U. et al. Resin-bonded restorations: A strategy for managing anterior tooth loss in adolescence. In: The Journal of prosthetic dentistry, 2015, vol. 113, n° 4, p. 270–276. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2014.09.028
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