Tooth–Implant-Supported vs Implant-Supported FPDs
Often dismissed due to obvious biomechanical abutment disparities, the tooth–implant-supported fixed partial denture (FPD) may be either a deliberate design choice or a design of necessity, given a variety of diagnostic factors uncovered during treatment planning (bone volume, anatomic limitation, esthetics, soft tissue availability, etc.). The unexpected loss of an implant when planning for a multiple implant FPD may also necessitate its use. This issue of Prosthodontics Newsletter presents a critical and systematic look at clinical outcomes that will help guide practitioners in the appropriate use of this restorative concept.
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