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Stick Reinforced Crowns & Bridges

Replacing Missing Teeth
Laboratory-made Stick bridges are an easy, reliable and aesthetic way to replace missing teeth. With the unique patented IPN feature, found only in Stick fibres, it is possible to make minimal invasive, reliable surfaceretained laboratory made bridges that do not debond. It has been shown that they can also be used in long-term solutions.

The latest studies show that bridges made of Stick fibres can be made at least as strong – or even stronger – than traditional porcelain-fused-to metal (PFM) bridges.** Therefore Stick fibres are suitable for every indication where there is a need to replace missing teeth.

Temporary to Long-Term Solutions
The reversibility of surface-retained laboratory-made Stick bridges make them a perfect choice when there is a need for transitional bridges, for example before implantology, during the healing period of implantology or after trauma. Often a laboratory-made Stick bridge is the best solution for young and elderly patients or when other options are contraindicated.

Full Cover Crown to Surface-Retained Bridges
Unlike traditional PFM bridges or full-ceramic bridges, Stick bridges do not require extensive tooth preparation. Using Stick fibres enables the use of different retainer types – even in the same bridge – and allows for minimally invasive preparation techniques, where healthy tooth structure is saved as much as possible. For example, it is possible to create space for the retainer by removing old fillings or to make completely surface-retained restorations. Surface-retained, inlay, onlay and full cover crown retainers can be used. All these retainer types can be used in the same bridge according to the clinical situation to create a hybrid bridge.

Anterior and Posterior Applications
Laboratory-made Stick and everStick bridges can be used in both anterior and posterior areas. According to research data and clinical experience, the bridge frame structure can be optimized for both situations in order to achieve the strongest possible construction. As the latest research shows, these constructions can be even stronger than traditional PFM bridges.

Wide Range of Indications
•  Bridges:
    temporary, transitional and long-term, surface-retained, and
    inlay, onlay and full cover crown.
•  Hybrid Bridges
•  Implant-supported Bridges
•  Posts and Cores
•  Crowns
•  Veneers

Cemeting Laboratory-made Fibre Reinforced Restorations

1.

Prepare the Restoration

 

Check that the fibres on the bonding surfaces of the frame are not covered with composite.
Check that the construction fits properly.
Roughen the attachment surfaces slightly with a carborundum stone.
Rinse and blow-dry.
Dissolve the roughened surfaces with resin for 5 minutes (protected from light) to activate the IPN bonding.
Prior to cementation carefully blow the excess resin away and light cure a couple of seconds before cementing.
Check that there is not a thick layer of resin left to ensure proper fitting of the restoration.
 

2.

Prepare the Teeth

 

Remove the temporary protection.
Clean, etch and bond the tooth surfaces according to the cement manufacturer's instructions.
 

3.

Cementation

 

Apply the cement.
Cement the restoration (with dual cure or chemical cure luting cement).
Remove the excess cement.
Apply oxygen inhibiting gel on the margins.
Light cure (dual cure luting cement).
Check the occlusion and finish.
 
**  Scott R. Dyer: Fiber-reinforced composite fixed partial denture design. Mechanical properties of the composite and load bearing capacity. Annales Universitatis Turkuensis, Ser.D Tom. 651, ISBN 951-29-2845-0, ISSN 0355-9483. Painosalama Oy, Turku, 2005.
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