Purpose: To obtain survival data on 32 fiber-reinforced fixed dental prostheses which were inserted in our department and to rate the quality of these restorations on the basis of esthetic, biological, and functional parameters. Materials and Methods: Thirty-two patients with fiber-reinforced fixed dental prostheses were included in the study. The fiber frameworks were made of a polymer-monomer-preimpregnated continuous unidirectional glass fiber material. The survival times, failure events, and clinical parameters were recorded. Restorations in function without previous failure were classified as Overall Survival. The classification Functional Survival was assigned in the event of minor failure and subsequent repair. Loss of the restoration was regarded as Failure. The quality rating was performed using modified USHPS/Ryge criteria. Results: The follow-up interval ranged from 2 to 64 months with a median follow-up time of 18.2 months. Twentyfour restorations were classified as Overall Survival, seven were classified as Functional Survival, and one was classified as Failure. The overall survival at the median follow-up time was 74.4%. For the majority, the quality rating (USHPS/Ryge criteria) yielded clinically excellent results in all categories. No restoration was rated as insufficient or poor. Conclusion: Fiber-reinforced composite fixed dental prostheses provide sufficient stability and very good esthetic, biological, and functional performance in the case of specific clinical indications.
Keywords: fiber-reinforced fixed dental prostheses, fiber-reinforced composites, continuous unidirectional glass fibers, clinical performance