The Resin-Bonded Fixed Partial Denture as the First Treatment Consideration to Replace a Missing Tooth

When indicated, replacement of missing single teeth can be accomplished in various ways. The first determination to be made is whether the missing tooth really needs to be replaced. This decision is reached in the context of several key determinants —the patient’s wishes regarding improved esthetics or function, local and systemic health considerations, and patient age (as craniofacial growth impacts young patients and may extend well beyond adolescence). The presence of periodontal problems, the extent of tooth wear, and the quality of the bone and teeth at the site of the missing tooth will also influence the treatment decision.

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