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The Endentulous Ridge in Fixed Prosthodontics The Endentulous Ridge in Fixed Prosthodontics

Author(s):

David Garber, DMD;Edwin Rosenberg, BDS, DMD

Date Added:

1/7/1981


Summary:

In those clinical situations in which missing teeth are replaced with fixed prosthodontics, the clinician is faced with the task of fabricating the pontics to fulfill the requirements of esthetics, form and function, and oral physiotherapy. The relationship of the "dummy tooth", or pontic to the underlying ridge is inordinately complex, since the esthetic requirements invariably conflict with those of function and hygiene. Although pontic designs have been discussed in some depth in the literature, descriptions of the pontic form assume the presence of an ideal recipient site. Little attention has been directed to the problem of how the various pontic designs relate to the deformed edentulous ridge or pontic recipient site.

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