Share Page:

Volume 18 , Issue 6
November/December 2005

Pages 489–496

A Systematic Review of the Scientific Documentation of Fixed Partial Dentures Made from Fiber-Reinforced Polymer to Replace Missing Teeth

Asbjørn Jokstad, LDS, Dr Odont, PhD/Meriç Gökçe, LDS/Carl Hjortsjö, LDS

PMID: 16335168

Purpose: Many restorative systems have become commercially available that are based on fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) for production of fixed partial dentures. However, the clinical documentation of their use has not been systematically reviewed and critically appraised. This systematic review aimed to identify the scientific documentation of all commercially available products within this material group. Materials and Methods: MEDLINE was searched for all clinical and laboratory studies on FRP, and papers were browsed to identify product names. Moreover, the Internet was searched to find manufacturers of FRP products. Also, several large trade exhibitions were visited to identify products and manufacturers. All papers that included any data from a clinical setting of an identifiable product were critically appraised. Each product was categorized according to the scientific clinical documentation of their intended clinical use. Results: Eleven commercial products were identified. The scientific clinical documentation of these products varied markedly, but was generally poor. No randomized controlled trials have been carried out on FRPs versus, eg, conventional treatments, nor are any long-term cohort studies available. None of the products demonstrate good evidence for usage as a technical solution to permanently replace lost teeth. Conclusion: The use of FRP for fixed partial dentures must still be regarded as experimental. Int J Prosthodont 2005;18:489–496.

Full Text PDF File | Order Article


Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web site.
Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


© 2017 Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc

IJP Home
Current Issue
Ahead of Print
Author Guidelines
Accepted Manuscripts
Submission Form
Quintessence Home
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy
About Us
Contact Us