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Longevity and quality of FPDs: a retrospective study of restorations 30, 20, and 10 years after insertion.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Odontology, Prosthetic Dentistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Odontology.
2003 (English)In: International Journal of Prosthodontics, ISSN 0893-2174, Vol. 16, no 3, 283-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the longevity and clinical performance of fixed partial dentures (FPD) 30, 20, and 10 years after insertion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 289 FPDs were inserted in 1966/67, 1976/77, and 1986/87. For patients with FPDs presumably still in function, an evaluation according to the CDA criteria was made. RESULTS: For 64 of the FPDs (22%), no information was available. Seventy-nine patients with 94 FPDs (33%) were clinically examined, and 44 of the FPDs (15%) were reported to be still in function by the patients' current clinicians. The remaining 87 FPDs (30%) were considered lost to follow-up. These FPDs had either been removed for various reasons--in most cases dental caries, lost retention, or fractured abutment teeth--or the patient could not be contacted. Eighty-four percent of the FPDs inserted in 1966/67 were still in function after 20 years, compared to 64% of those inserted in 1976/77. Apart from an increase in wear and discoloration, the oldest FPDs had excellent marginal fit and anatomic shape. CONCLUSION: The survival rate of 30-year-old FPDs was high; 53% remained in function after 30 years. Based on the CDA criteria, 78% of the restorations were rated satisfactory in all subgroups. The FPDs placed in 1966/67 obtained the highest ratings in color, anatomy, and margin integrity.

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2003. Vol. 16, no 3, 283-9 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-13209PubMedID: 12854793OAI: diva2:152880
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07 Last updated: 2010-04-15Bibliographically approved

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