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Article: Volume 44 Number 3 Page 230 - March 2017

  Dent Update 2017; 44: 230-238  Read article

Restorative dentistry:  The Use of All-Ceramic Resin-Bonded Bridges in the Anterior Aesthetic Zone

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Abstract: For several years, all-ceramic resin-bonded bridges (RBBs) have been considered an aesthetic treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth in the anterior region. With continued developments in technology, various different ceramic materials have been used to fabricate all-ceramic RBBs including zirconia, glass-reinforced, alumina-based ceramics, and lithium disilicate glass ceramics. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of all-ceramic RBBs, the advantages and disadvantages associated with these prostheses, as well as to demonstrate their application in replacing missing anterior teeth.

Clinical relevance: To present the current literature and clinical application of all-ceramic resin-bonded bridges for replacing missing anterior teeth.

Author notes: Rupal Shah, BDS(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng), StR in Orthodontics, Eastman Dental Hospital, 256 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LD and Dominic P Laverty, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), ACF/StR in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, Pebble Mill Road, Birmingham B5 7SA, UK.

Objective: To understand the current evidence and clinical application in using all-ceramic resin-bonded bridges in replacing missing anterior teeth.