Prognosis of zirconia ceramic fixed partial dentures: a 7-year prospective study

Int J Prosthodont. 2012 Jan-Feb;25(1):21-3.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the time-dependent clinical efficacy of anterior and posterior zirconia fixed partial dentures (FPDs). A convenience sample of 28 patients, each wearing 1 FPD, was recalled annually throughout a 6-year follow-up period (mean: 6.5 years). Four patients did not participate in the study (dropouts), and 24 FPDs were in use during the observation period. The cumulative survival and success rates were 88.9% and 81.8%, respectively. Fixed prostheses with zirconia frameworks may be regarded as acceptable alternatives to metal-ceramic anterior and posterior FPDs.

MeSH terms

  • Color
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Dental Marginal Adaptation
  • Dental Plaque Index
  • Dental Porcelain / chemistry*
  • Dental Restoration Failure
  • Denture Design*
  • Denture Retention
  • Denture, Partial, Fixed*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gingival Hemorrhage / classification
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Periodontal Index
  • Periodontal Pocket / classification
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Zirconium / chemistry*


  • Dental Porcelain
  • Zirconium
  • zirconium oxide