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Article: Volume 42 Number 4 Page 360 - May 2015

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Restorative dentistry:  Fibre-Reinforced Composite (FRC) Bridge – A Minimally Destructive Approach

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Abstract: Replacing missing teeth is an integral part of the clinical services of the dental practitioner. The fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) bridge is a relatively new method for replacing missing teeth. This article will explain and discuss this alternative treatment option. Practical instructions on how to construct a FRC bridge will be given, by means of a clinical case. Different technique options will be illustrated to provide the reader with a good understanding of the most practical way to use the FRC strips. The fibre-reinforced composite provides a non-destructive, aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective way to restore missing teeth.

Clinical relevance: Minimally invasive options should always be considered and destruction of healthy enamel and dentine during the preparation phase of a replacement treatment should be avoided as much as possible.

Author notes: J J Jansen Van Rensburg, BChD(PRET), General Dental Practitioner at Jade Dental Practice, Ashford, Kent, UK.

Objective: To provide the dental practitioner with information on fibre-reinforced composite bridges.