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Title Which Lasts Longer: Implant or FPD?
Clinical Question In an otherwise healthy adult patient missing just one tooth, does a fixed partial denture or an implant-supported crown last longer?
Clinical Bottom Line When other factors are the same, single implant-supported crowns last longer on average than fixed partial dentures.
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PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
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#1) 17936128Torabinejad/2007Included 46 ISC papers and 31 FPD papers out of 7701 papers identifiedSystematic Review with Meta-analysis
Key resultsAfter 6+ years, the weighted success rates were 80% (79-82 95% CI) for FPD restorations and 97% (96-98 95% CI) for ISC restorations.
Evidence Search Using PubMed, searched: "Denture, Partial, Fixed"[Mesh] AND "Dental Implants"[Mesh] AND survival
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The Evidence
This systematic review compared not only FPD and implant-supported crowns but also no treatment for an edentulous space as well as root canal therapy and subsequent crown placement when the tooth in question had not been extracted yet.
Applicability These findings would apply to most adult patients with adequate health and alveolar bone for dental implant placement who are missing a single tooth.
Specialty/Discipline (General Dentistry) (Restorative Dentistry)
Keywords Implant, Bridge, Survival, Fixed Partial Denture
ID# 901
Date of submission: 05/17/2011spacer
E-mail francisj@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author J. Christian Francis
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Faculty mentor/Co-author Nataliya Verona, DDS, PhD
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by Mackenzi McAfee and Christopher Beard (San Antonio, TX) on 11/28/2017
A PubMed search on implant and FPD survival rates was done in November 2017. A more recent publication on the question was located: Muddugangadhar 2015, PubMed: 26435609. This systematic review with meta-analysis of 63 prospective and retrospective cohort studies showed similar results; it showed that single implant-supported crowns have overall higher 5-year survival rates than implant-supported FPDs. However, this more recent research included implant tooth-supported prostheses as well.

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