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Manuscript Submission Deadline 05 November 2023
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 29 December 2023

Reconstructive Dentistry welcomes high-quality research across the field of restorative and prosthetic dentistry with a focus on translational and clinical studies related to the reconstruction of intraoral defects, missing teeth, or dental tissues. During the last decades, we have witnessed major advances in ...

Reconstructive Dentistry welcomes high-quality research across the field of restorative and prosthetic dentistry with a focus on translational and clinical studies related to the reconstruction of intraoral defects, missing teeth, or dental tissues. During the last decades, we have witnessed major advances in the field of reconstructive dentistry especially due to advances in biomaterials and technologies. A rapid evolution in material science, implant dentistry, advancement of regenerative dentistry, digitalization in restorative and reconstructive dentistry along with increasing numbers of clinical trials resulted in revisiting some protocols or considering some knowledge already as dogmas, posing challenges for clinicians and educational institutions and in part necessitating pragmatic changes in applications. On the other hand, as a consequence of rapid technological advances, not all treatment methods or materials reach the level of routine clinical use or standard care. In some cases, clinical practice has outstripped education where occasionally the long-term scientific evidence proves to be weak. In order to distinguish this weak evidence and build on already successful science and fundamental knowledge, we encompass the need to discuss the current challenges faced in reconstructive dentistry and identify reasons for dilemmas.

Frontiers recognizes the importance of facilitating discussion and encourage debate amongst the dental community to highlight these challenges and therefore arranged a series of Research Topics, offering a platform for such discussions. By sparking debate, this section will provide information on the dynamic changes, offer solutions to challenges taking place in this arena, synopsize dental treatment options as well as protocols for patient care, and perhaps help revisit some of the doctrines in the profession in close collaboration with medical, biomedical, and basic science disciplines.

In keeping with the objectives of the field, these Research Topics would prove a valuable reference for dentists and scientists, both in relation to current technology and with regard to future developments in the expanding field of reconstructive dentistry.

With an aim to promote debate in the community, we ignite a dialogue over the following subjects:

• Machine learning / Artificial Intelligence in caries diagnosis
• Direct resin composite or indirect restorations for eroded teeth
• Immediate or no dentinal sealing
• Proximal box elevation and the dogma of biological width: Yes or No
• 3-step, 2-step or universal adhesive
• Reconstructive approaches for large and multiple diastemas: Direct resin composite versus indirect restorative approaches
• Partial or full crown preparation for all-ceramic reconstructions
• Resin composite or ceramic veneer for 5, 10 of 20 year survival
• Resin-bonded fixed dental prosthesis versus implants a single missing tooth
• Adhesion to zirconia: Conventional resin cements or self-adhesive cements
• Metal-ceramic versus all-ceramic frameworks for full-arch supported reconstructions
• Lithium disilicate or zirconia for indirect for single crowns and 3-unit fixed dental prosthesis
• Splint or extract
• Fiber reinforced composite versus implant-borne all-ceramic fixed dental prosthesis
• Zirconia versus titanium implants for anterior reconstructions
• Screw-retained versus cement-retained crowns for anterior single implants
• Repair or replace
• Additive technologies versus milling techniques for fabrication of reconstructions
• Machine learning / Artificial Intelligence or conventional digital workflow in fabricating fixed dental prosthesis
• Partially versus fully computer-guided systems for mucosa-borne applications

Keywords: direct resin composite, indirect resin composite, immediate dentin sealing, proximal box elevation, 3-step adhesive, 2-step adhesive, universal adhesive, partial crown preparation, full crown preparation, veneer survival, zirconia, full-arch reconstruction, repair, replace, additive technologies, milling techniques


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