A multicentred practice based study was established to test the hypothesis that the extensively restored tooth has a high incidence of posterior tooth fracture (PTF). All patients who presented with PTF in 23 general dental practices over a period of 14 weeks were included in the study. 764 PTF restorations were placed out of a total of 7551, an incidence of 10%. A novel classification proposing increased severity of fracture from I-IV was used. Class I = 19%, II = 54%, III = 22% and IV = 5%. Primary PTFs accounted for 67%, secondary 33%. 92% offractured teeth had a Class 2 restoration in situ. The heavily restored tooth has been shown to have a high incidence of PTF and it is suggested that this is a major restorative problem in general dental practice in the UK.
|Journal||European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|