2017 Volume 36 Issue 5 Pages 517-523
The use of a single metal for all restorations would be necessary because it protects against metal corrosion caused by the contact of different metals. For this “one-metal rehabilitation” concept, non-alloyed commercially pure (CP) titanium should be used for all restorations. Titanium frameworks have been cast and used for the long term without catastrophic failure, whereas they have been fabricated recently using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). However, the milling process for the frameworks of removable partial dentures (RPDs) is not easy because they have very complicated shapes and consist of many components. Currently, the fabrication of RPD frameworks has been challenged by one-process molding using repeated laser sintering and high-speed milling. Laser welding has also been used typically for repairing and rebuilding titanium frameworks. Although laboratory and clinical problems still remain, the one-metal rehabilitation concept using CP titanium as a bioinert metal can be recommended for all restorations.