SMK- Composite Bridge System
In 1992, the first SMK treatment was performed in the Orthodontic Department of the Pomeranian Medical School in Szczecin, Poland, by dr. C. Turostowski. At the beginning it was treated as a temporary solution. However, after seven years, due to continuing research the SMK method became increasingly used as a permanent option.
Initially, SMK treatment was for orthodontic patients with missing lateral incisors. Later, was applied to patients with other missing teeth especially premolars. In some cases SMK was used together with veneers so as to give it a more cosmetic and natural look. Shortly afterwards SMK was introduced as a method for other dental patients not only orthodontics patients.
The SMK (Composite Bridge System) method is a collective name for different variations of the same original method.
After seven years of extensive research in June, 1999 dr.C. Turostowski completed his Phd - "SMK – composite bridge of own construction applied in the rebuilding of lateral incisors".
In 2003 many dental courses for dentists, dental workshops at medical schools and orthodontics departments were organised around Poland.
About SMK method
The SMK (tooth in one day) method is an adhesive restorative prosthedontic solution. The method basically involves the dentist modelling and shaping a tooth from composite materials in the gap between the teeth. In some cases a porcelain veneer is then placed on the new tooth to give it a more natural look. The tooth is attached to the neighbouring teeth also with composite materials. In 2011 over 1000 SMK treatments were performed mostly lateral incisors.
The main advantage of this method is that there is no grinding of neighbouring teeth. Therefore, the neighbouring teeth are not damaged. This means that the patient can at any time revert to their natural teeth. This method can also be used in situations where other solutions are not applicable. For example, if there is not enough bone and implants cannot be inserted, or the grinding and damaging of neighbouring teeth for a normal dental bridge is not accepted by the patient, or the cost of alternative treatments is too high for the patient. The SMK method is the best solution in all these cases. The dentist makes the tooth in the surgery (dental technician is not needed), therefore,the whole treatment only takes 2 hours.
- Patent nr P-356506 "Orthodontic Bridge and method of creation" 14 November 2002 Patent Office RP., Patent nr P-357734 "Prosthetic Bridge and method of creation" 14 January 2003 Patent Office RP., Patent nr Z-273018 Urzad Patentowy RP "SMK" - Composite Bridge System
- Data obtained by the author during medical research, consultations with orthodontists and performing SMK treatment on patients by the author of the method.
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- Aluchna, Marcin; Beata Bujnowska - Aluchna (2008). "Mosty protetyczne z materiałów złożonych wzmocnionych włóknem szklanym". Magazyn Stomatologiczny (Warszawa) 9. ISSN 1230-0888.