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Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2012 Dec;119(12):595-605.

[Single and multi-teeth fixed prostheses--functions and types].

[Article in Dutch]

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  • 1Vakgroep Orale Functieleer van het Universitair Medisch Centrum St Radboud in Nijmegen. d.witter@dent.umcn.nl


A single fixed prosthesis replaces parts of a tooth. However, a single fixed prosthesis may also be implant supported and in such a case it replaces in combination with the oral implant an entire tooth. A multi-teeth fixed prosthesis replaces 1 or more teeth using pontics and can be fixed on teeth, oral implants, or both. Materials applied are metal, metal fused with porcelain, and ceramic. After indicating a fixed prosthesis, the intended function is determining the appropriate type. Intended functions of single fixed prosthesis are: improvement of aesthetics, limitation of tooth fracture, acting as an abutment tooth for a removable metal frame partial denture, and splinting of mobile teeth. In addition, single fixed prostheses may be characterized by the number of replaced tooth surfaces and by the peripheral extension of the tooth preparation. The intended functions of a multi-teeth fixed prosthesis are improvement of aesthetics, chewing function, and occlusal as well as mandibular stability. Specific types of fixed prosthesis are used as temporary restorations and in case of evaluating preliminary treatments preceding a final treatment.

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