Fiber-reinforced composite bridge and splint. Replacing congenitally missing teeth.


The congenital absence of permanent teeth, also known as partial anodontia, is a relatively common problem. The patient missing one or both lateral incisors is a frequent occurrence. The treatment of missing laterals involves both functional and esthetic considerations. Options include: cuspid lateralization; implant placement; conventional three-unit bridge; Maryland bridge; and a fiber-reinforced composite bridge (direct or indirect). Direct fiber-reinforced composite bridges provide a minimally invasive restorative option that allows for future implant placement. Selection of appropriate fiber reinforcement and placement of the fibers allows long-term clinical success. Adherence to appropriate adhesive protocol is mandatory.

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@article{Trushkowsky2004FiberreinforcedCB, title={Fiber-reinforced composite bridge and splint. Replacing congenitally missing teeth.}, author={Richard D Trushkowsky}, journal={The New York state dental journal}, year={2004}, volume={70 5}, pages={34-8} }