Resin-bonded fixed partial dentures past and present – an overview


This article aims to provide a general overview, along with guidelines and recommendations for use, of resin-bonded fixed partial dentures in practice.


Resin-bonded fixed partial dentures have been in use for over 30 years, since the concept was first introduced in the 1970s. Initial efforts in this field suffered frequent early debond, but advances in metal alloys, treatment of the fitting surface and bonding techniques have made the resin-bonded fixed partial denture a predicable treatment modality. Design principles have also evolved. Originally these restorations were retained purely through adhesion, but now minimal preparation of the abutment teeth may be undertaken to optimise mechanical resistance and retention forms. This facilitates delivery of a more predicable medium- to long-term restoration. Alternative materials such as ceramic, zirconia and fibre-reinforced composite resin have emerged for retainers. While these alternatives show promise, they are not without their disadvantages and do not yet have long-term data regarding their use for this application.

Journal of the Irish Dental Association 2012/2013; 58 (6): 294-300

Dr Una Lally
BA, BDentSc, MFD, DChDent
Private practice limited to prosthodontics and part-time clinical tutor
Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine
58 Northumberland Road,
Dublin 4.
T: 01-668 8441