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European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

An Evidence Based Approach for the Provision of Resin-Bonded Bridgework

Abstract

Abstract - Resin bonded bridgework (RBB) is a technique often overlooked by practitioners despite a large amount of evidence supporting the technique. In Cork University Dental School an evidence-based, standardised approach for the delivery of RBB by undergraduate students has been developed over the past 10 years. The aim of this study was to evaluate the success of this standardised approach on the delivery of RBB by students. 222 bridges were reviewed which had been delivered over a 6 year time period between 2002 and 2007. A success rate of 84.1% was achieved with a mean survival time of 41 months. This study illustrates that predictable and highly successful RBB can be delivered by inexperienced clinicians using an evidence-based, standardised approach.

KEY WORDS: resin-bonded bridges, undergraduate students, evidence-based practice.

Authors

Finbarr Allen, Gerald McKenna, Eamon Howard-Bowles

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