The design and fabrication of fiber-reinforced implant prostheses

J Prosthet Dent. 2002 Oct;88(4):449-54. doi: 10.1067/mpr.2002.128173.


The use of fiber composite technology in the creation of metal-free implant prostheses may solve many of the problems associated with a metal alloy substructure such as corrosion, toxicity, complexity of fabrication, high cost, and esthetic limitations. Laboratory and clinical research evaluating glass fiber-reinforced composite prostheses used to restore and replace teeth has shown that these materials exhibit excellent mechanical properties and can form a chemical bond to resin-based veneer materials such as those used in the fabrication of certain types of implant prostheses. Two different designs of fiber-reinforced composite implant prostheses have been developed and placed in human subjects. One design (screw-retained, retrievable prosthesis) is used with implant abutments that allow for screw-retained prostheses; the other design is used with abutments that retain prostheses with a luting material. Both designs are described in this article. The prostheses have functioned well in a small group of preliminary subjects, but clinical trials with larger subject populations are needed to more completely evaluate the potential of fiber-reinforced composites in implant prosthodontics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cementation
  • Composite Resins / chemistry*
  • Dental Prosthesis Design*
  • Dental Prosthesis Retention* / instrumentation
  • Dental Prosthesis Retention* / methods
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported*
  • Glass
  • Humans


  • Composite Resins
  • fiberglass