Key Indicators of success or survival for clinical performance of fixed partial denture
When fixed partial dentures (FPDs) are being suggested to patients, the frequent inquiry by patients is the anticipated longevity and length of service. Previous reports have provided limited information on the accurate measurements of good clinical outcome and the length of good years in service. This confuses the clinicians as well as the patients in determining the treatment of choice. In the present article, the indicator of ‘success’ and ‘survival’ will be discussed in determining the longevity of various FPDs such as conventional, resin bonded and implant retained. After reviewing the articles, it is good if the indicator of ‘success’ can be used as an indicator of longevity and good clinical outcome. Besides that, studies with at least 10 years of observation are probably of higher evidence for longevity of restorations.
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