What factors lead to restoration failures?

By Rob Goszkowski, Assistant Editor

June 7, 2013 -- For dentists and patients alike, longevity is one of the most important aspects of a restoration.

Patients inevitably want to know how long their dental work will last, and now a new study examining predictors of early amalgam and resin-based composite (RBC) restoration failures could help practitioners with setting patient expectations and making treatment choices (Journal of the American Dental Association, June 2013, Vol. 144:6, pp. 583-593).

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry and other institutions tapped into the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (NDPBRN) to evaluate the two types of restorations during a 24-month period to track how patient characteristics, practice characteristics, and clinical variables factored into early failure in the prospective cohort study.

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