Four-Year Clinical Evaluation of GFRC-RBFPDs as Periodontal Splints to Replace Lost Anterior Teeth
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performance of glass fiber-reinforced composite-based resin-bonded fixed partial dentures (GFRC-RBFPDs) as periodontal splints for periodontal support-reduced anterior partially edentulous dentition and for replacing lost teeth. Materials and Methods: A total of 39 subjects were enrolled who required fixed restorations for lost mandibular anterior teeth where the adjacent teeth offered severely reduced periodontal support. GFRC-RBFPDs were cemented to replace the lost teeth and to stabilize the adjacent teeth. The survival rates were recorded, and the periodontal condition (bone height, bleeding index, and probing depth) was evaluated at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years after the restorations. The results were statistically analyzed with single-factor variance analysis and chi-square tests (α = .05).