Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses - hands-on course
Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses (RBFDPs, so-called Mary-land bridges) with two metal retainer wings have been introduced over 30 years ago for a minimal invasive replacement of missing teeth. However unfortunately due to various reasons metal-ceram-ic RBFDPs are not considered a comparable treatment modality to implants by most of the dentists.
Cantilevered RBFDPs with a single ceramic retainer wing were introduced 20 years ago. They provide better esthetics and are less invasive than two-retainer RBFDPs. In the meantime long-term data of this minimal invasive treatment option are available. Similar concepts are now also implemented for the replacement of posterior teeth: premolars often can be replaced with resin-bond-ed cantilevers while of molar replacement with modified inlay-re-tainers show a promising medium-term outcome.
However, it is a prerequisite that the dentist has a good under-standing about indications, materials properties and the clinical procedures including specific bonding techniques.