PEKK-made indirect temporary crowns and bridges: a clinical pilot study
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The aim of the present study was to find out whether the high-performance polymer PEKK is an equivalent alternative compared to cobalt chrome (CoCr)-made restorations, regarding to biocompatibility, stability, and comfort.
Materials and methods
Twenty-two patients (m, 10; f, 12) who were indicated for a long-term temporary-fixed restoration were included. They were randomized through a lottery procedure into two groups: the first group was restored with veneered PEKK-made crowns and bridges (Pekkton ivory), while the second group was restored with veneered CoCr crowns. Clinical parameters (plaque index (PI), probing depth (PD), fracture, and chipping) were documented in a period of 3–5 months from the insertion of restoration. Furthermore, every patient completed the OHIP-14 questionnaire. An exchange of the restorations from the first to the alternative material was performed after a period of 3–5 months.
All patients showed an improvement of the oral hygiene and probing depth after insertion of the temporary restorations. However, there were no significant differences between PEKK and CoCr-made restorations (P > 0.05). There was no chipping after 5 months for both kinds of materials. There was a noticeable reduction of pain and discomfort of patients after insertion of temporary restorations. However, there were no significant differences between the two materials (P > 0.05).
PEKK-made temporary restorations offer a good and stable alternative to CoCr-made restorations. They have a high aesthetical advantage over CoCr restoration.
Esthetic and price-efficient temporary crowns can be offered for the patient during periodontal therapy to improve its success, in particular by improving the oral hygiene.
KeywordsIndirect temporary crowns Bridges PEKK CoCr
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
For this type of study, formal consent is not required. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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