Versatility of ribbond in contemporary dental practice

M. Ganesh, Shobha Tandon

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Abstract

Provision of innovative treatment solutions to various problems has always been the motto of medical scientific brains. Dentistry is no exception to this endeavor. The acceptance of advancas in material science has really helped this cause. Ribbond is one such material, which has occupied an important place in the dentist's repertoire. It is bondable fibre reinforced material, made from the same ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and ceramic fibers used to make bulletproof vests. The key to Ribbond's success is its patented leno weave. Designed with a lock-stitch feature, it effectively transfers forces throughout the weave without stress transfer back into the resin, providing excellent manageability characteristics. Having virtually no memory, Ribbond adapts to the contours of the teeth and dental arch. It is translucent, practically colorless and disappears within the composite or acrylic without show-through offering excellent esthetics. Ribbond's fibers are the standard in biocompatibility. The same material is also used in the construction of artificial hip and kneejoints, By virtue of such wide spectrum of intended properties, it enjoys varied applications in day to day dentistry like: endodontic posts, periodontal splints, aesthetic space maintainers, bondable briges and single bridges and orthodontic retainers. This paper is an attempt to showcase the versatility and applicability of this wonderful material in day-to-day dental practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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