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Using Fibre Technology to enhance your Implant Treatment

Fibre strengthened composites and Implants – how technology can enhance your treatment protocol.

In 1990 Ladizesky published a paper describing the integration between fibres and dental resins. Goldberg and Burnstone achieved much stronger fibre frameworks (flexural strength values of up to 600 MPa) in 1992 when they embedded glass fibres in an acrylic resin monomer matrix. The major breakthrough in fibre strengthening of composite restorations came in 1994 when Vallittu embedded glass fibres in a polymer bis-GMA resin matrix (the very same matrix you will find in composite restorative material). He managed to obtain flexural strength values of up to 1350 MPa, the same values obtained by chrome cobalt denture alloy. Not only is it now possible to construct a fibre framework strong enough to withstand intra-oral forces, but it is also possible to bond these structures reliably to etched dentine and enamel, just as you would bond composite restorations, employing the same bonding materials and techniques.

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