European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Provision of Resin Bonded Bridgework for a Patient with Microstomia Secondary to Scleroderma


Abstract - Scleroderma is a connective tissue disorder that can present with orofacial involvement. A 48 year-old patient presented to Cork University Dental Hospital with concerns about the appearance of her upper central incisor teeth, which had become progressively mobile in recent years. A diagnosis of localised scleroderma had been made a number of years previously by her medical practitioner, and the patient reported that her scleroderma-associated microstomia had progressed significantly in recent years. Most reports of this condition advocate the use of sectional impression trays and sectional dentures to replace missing teeth. This report describes the use of resin-bonded bridgework (RBB) and discusses the possible advantages of this treatment option over those already presented in the literature.

KEY WORDS: Resin-bonded bridgework, scleroderma, connective tissue disorder, microstomia


G. McKenna, M. Hayes, F.M. Burke

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