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Aesthetic Enhancement of Pontic Sites for Fixed Partial Dentures Aesthetic Enhancement of Pontic Sites for Fixed Partial Dentures

Author(s):

Jack A. Hahn, DDS;Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;David Kurtzman, DDS, Scott Harden, DMD, Peter C. Shatz, DDS

Date Added:

7/18/2008


Summary:

An adequate alveolar bone base is the prerequisite for functional and aesthetically optimal reconstruction of the soft tissue architecture for a fixed partial denture pontic site or dental implant site. If the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the ridge deficiency are within 3 mm of their original contour, acceptable results can he achieved by soft tissue augmentation procedure only, ie, connective tissue grafts, onlay grafts, or an inlay rolled graft. These procedures are usually performed while placing or uncovering dental implants, or at the time of hard and soft tissue manipulation in an edentulous region to maintain ridge topography or enhance it for future prosthetic rehabilitation.

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