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A pontic design for contouring the residual alveolar ridge to achieve optimum esthetics

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India

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Ruchi Ladda,
Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Loni - 413 736, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.187443

Esthetics is one of the most important factors to be considered while restoring or replacing teeth in the anterior region of the jaw. Pontic design, as well as favorable relationship of residual ridge and gingival papillae, is important in this regard. To achieve the emergence profile, surgical modification of the ridge or application of controlled pressure has been suggested. As surgical modification is an invasive procedure, it may not be acceptable for few patients. This article describes the use of a unique type of ridge lap pontic for residual ridge modification to achieve emergence profile in anterior fixed prosthesis. As only one case is reported in the literature with this type of pontic, we desired to confirm its effectiveness to form “pseudo” interdental papillae by the application of controlled circumferential pressure on the edentulous ridge.

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