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Article: Volume 45 Number 11 Page 1016 - December 2018

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Fixed Prothodontics:  Immediate Natural Tooth Bridges

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Abstract: This article describes four cases in which immediate natural tooth bridges have been provided. Four different techniques are described for creating these. The four different retainer types discussed are silanated glass fibres impregnated with PMMA and bis-GMA, laboratory-made metal wings, metal mesh and mesh-type titanium wire. With the support of photographs and diagrams, the techniques for each retainer type are described. The final section of this article discusses the factors that affect the prognosis of immediate natural tooth bridges. Providing information on prognosis is an important part of the consent process; this includes patient factors and clinician factors.

Clinical relevance: This article details four different techniques for creating immediate natural tooth bridges. It also discusses the important factors to consider for the prognosis of immediate natural tooth bridges.

Author notes: Anna C Greer, StR and Honorary Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, 76 Wellesley Road, Sheffield, S10 2SZ, Juzaily Husain, Specialist and Clinical Lecturer in Periodontics, Kulliyyah of Dentistry, Kuantan, The International Islamic University, Malaysia, 25200, Nicolas Martin, Professor and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry, Claremont Crescent, The University of Sheffield, S10 2TA, UK.

Objective: To understand how to provide immediate natural tooth bridges as well as some of the prognostic indicators for these restorations.

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